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Venatrix pullastra?

Fact Box
Species:
Venatrix pullastra?
(Identification as shown below)
Family:
Lycosidae
Body length:
female: about 15 mm
male: about 13 mm
Habitat:
In a burrow in the ground
Toxicity:
Bites may cause mild illness
Venatrix pullastra?

Note: The identity of the spider shown on this page is uncertain. It appears to be identical in markings with Venatrix pullastra as identified by Dr W. Framenau both on Flickr and in his 2014 book but Venatrix pullastra is claimed to be present only in Western Australia. Dr. Framenau also says that a very similar species, Venatrix pseudospeciosa, is found in Eastern Australia (which is where the spider shown above was found) but the available photos of the latter species all have markings that are a poor match for those of the spider presented on this page.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: A number of other lycosid species, especially members of the genus Venatrix.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 2 April 2017.