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webs and egg sacs
female: 7.5 mm|
male: about 7 mm
Usually in a burrow in the ground but often found wandering above ground
Bites may cause mild illness
The available drawings of this species do not show its surface markings particularly well and there are also significant differences
in the appearance of the two sexes. However, the white spots on the underside of the abdomen are a good match for those that V. pictiventris
is claimed to have and the specimens in the above photos were found in the known range of Venatrix pictiventris, which is Eastern Australia
down to Tasmania. Unfortunately, there is another Venatrix species, V. allopictiventris, which as its name suggests is quite similar in appearance to
the spider shown on this page.
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 16 May 2017.