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Venatrix lapidosa

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Venatrix lapidosa
as originally described by R.J. McKay (see reference below) and illustrated by Volker Framenau on the flickr website
Body length:
female: 8.4 mm
male: 7.2 mm
This species is known to prefer sand or gravel banks of creeks and rivers in Eastern Australia
The toxicity of the venom of this small, fast-moving spider is unknown so it should be handled with caution
Venatrix lapidosa
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Male, close view
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The female

The formal naming of this species is described in the following paper: R.J. McKay (1974) "The wolf spiders of Australia (Araneae: Lycosidae): 2. The Arenaris Group", Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 17, 1-19. It is a species with few obvious dorsal markings, although the two faint rows of pale spots and four transverse white lines on the dorsal abdomen seem to be significant characters if often hard to see. Its preferred habitat along the sandy banks of creeks is also useful for taxonomic purposes.

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

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 25 May 2019.