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webs and egg sacs
(Identification as shown below)
female: about 9 mm|
male: about 11 mm
In a burrow in the ground
Bites may cause mild illness
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) and the photos of V. pseudospeciosa
presented on the Tasmanian Spiders website are a reasonably good match for the one shown above. On the assumption that the range of
Venatrix pseudospeciosa extends from Tasmania to as far north as South-east Queensland the spider shown on this page is provisionally
accepted as Venatrix pseudospeciosa.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: A number of other lycosid species, especially members of the genus Venatrix.
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Last updated 17 May 2017.