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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: 7.5 mm
male: about 7 mm
Habitat:
Usually in a burrow in the ground but often found wandering above ground
Toxicity:
Bites may cause mild illness
Venatrix pictiventris
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Female underside
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The same species?
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Another view

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.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 16 May 2017.