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Venatrix ornatula

Fact Box
Species:
Venatrix ornatula
(as identified by Volker Framenau, the markings on the abdominal underside being diagnostic)
Previous species name:
Allocosa ornatula
Family:
Lycosidae
Body length:
female: up to 18 mm
male: about 15 mm
Habitat:
A burrow but this spider often roams above ground
Toxicity:
The toxicity of the venom of this small, fast-moving spider is unknown so it should be handled with caution
Venatrix ornatula
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Underneath female

This species has surface markings that are quite similar to other members of the same family, although it is probably smaller than many Lycosa species.

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. At the end of 2010 the most reliable sources of information/photos about the Australian lycosids can be found at the following two websites:

http://www.lycosidae.info/identification/australia/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/australianspiders/collections/72157622669463297/

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other lycosids, especially Venatrix species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 6 January 2013.