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Unknown lycosid

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Unknown lycosid
(Identification comments in notes below)
Body length:
female: perhaps 15-20 mm
male: perhaps 15-20 mm
This species normally lives in a burrow in the ground
Bites may cause mild illness
Unknown lycosid

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 two 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 may prove to be incorrect either now or in the near future. At the end of 2016 the most reliable sources of information/photos about the Australian lycosids were the following two websites:

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: A number of other lycosid species.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 17 May 2017.