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Wolf spider

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Species:
Venatrix pictiventris
(This identification is based on the information and images presented by Dr Volker Framenau as part of the following website: http://www.lycosidae.info/identification/australia/)
Family:
Lycosidae
Body length:
female: 12 mm
male: about 11 mm
Habitat:
Usually in a burrow in the ground although Venatrix specimens are often found wandering in lawns and garden beds
Toxicity:
Bites may cause mild illness
Venatrix pictiventris
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Female underside
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Another view

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.

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 6 January 2013.