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(or Tasmanicosa leuckarti?)
female: 17 mm|
male: 15 mm
This species normally lives in an open burrow in the ground
This spider's venom may cause mild illness and
the males (especially) sometimes wander into houses
Dr. Volker Framenau has indicated the generic name of this species should be Tasmanicosa but as of December 2015 the World Spider Catalog has not
recognized this name change.
Note: The Lycosidae of Australia are very difficult to identify without the aid of a stereo microscope and extensive taxonomic details. Surface
markings can be quite variable for a given species, from specimen to specimen, from male to female, and from juvenile to adult. Over the last decade or
so a major revision of the Australian wolf spider fauna has been undertaken by Dr. Volker Framenau and his colleagues. This revision is not yet complete
so some of the lycosid identifications shown on this website are likely to be incorrect either now or in the near future. At the end of 2010 the most
reliable sources of information/photos about the Australian lycosids can be found at the following two websites:
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: This spider closely resembles Lycosa godeffroyi but lacks the complete black patch under the abdomen, instead
having a pale centre in an otherwise black patch.
Email Ron Atkinson for more information.
Last updated 14 December 2015.