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(formerly Lycosa leuckartii)
female: 17 mm|
male: 15 mm
This species normally lives in an open burrow in the ground
This spider's venom may cause mild illness and
the males (especially) sometimes wander into houses
The previous name for this species was Lycosa leuckartii but the World Spider Catalog now shows it as Tasmanicosa leuckartii because of the
acceptance of the contents of the following paper: Framenau VW and Baehr BC (2016) "Revision of the Australian Union-Jack wolf spiders, genus
Tasmanicosa (Araneae, Lycosidae, Lycosinae)", Zootaxa 4213, 1-82.
Most wolf spider species have distinctive patterns of dark markings on their upper body surfaces and a pair of large eyes that give them good
forwards vision. Tasmanicosa leuckartii is a common species found in most coastal areas of Australia. Like other wolf spiders it tends
to wait just inside the entrance of the burrow and can often be seen there (especially at night when the eyes reflect the light of
a torch) or can be attracted to the surface by a grass stalk inserted into the burrow entrance.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: This spider closely resembles Tasmanicosa godeffroyi but lacks the complete black patch under the abdomen, instead
having a pale centre in an otherwise black patch.
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Last updated 2 April 2017.