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Dendrolycosa icadia (QM)
female: about 10 mm|
male: about 8.5 mm
On green leaves in eucalypt forests, usually in a spoon-shaped web/retreat often twisted around a branch;
common but less well known than aquatic pisaurid species
Unknown; handle with caution since some relatives may produce a painful bite
Dendrolycosa is easily mistaken for a wolf spider but lacks the pair of enlarged eyes that characterize the lycosids. In addition, the legs have erect spines
that on some specimens can be relatively long and are unlike any spines found on lycosid legs. The markings on its dorsal abdomen are also distinctive.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many lycosid species and at least some members of the Family Zoridae (now incorporated into the Family Miturgidae), all three families being closely related.
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Last updated 5 March 2013.