Wolf Spider

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Wolf Spider - Glenn Rudolph/DEPI | Wolf Spider - Glenn Rudolph/DEPI

Lycosa sp.


Body colours usually consist of variegated patterns of brown, yellow, grey, black or white.


Details
Type
Invertebrate
Group
Animals
Arachnid - Spider
Biology

Ground dwelling hunters. Males are attracted by scent markings left by the female. The female carries her egg sac underneath her abdomen until the spiderlings hatch. May live for up to two years.

Distinctive Markings

The sides of the jaw may have a small raised orange spot.

Taxonomy
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Lycosidae
Genus
Lycosa
Species
sp.

Widely distributed across Australia especially inland regions.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Spiderlings ride on their mother's back for a few weeks after hatching.


Interesting Facts
Diet

Carnivore. Eats arthropods. Two species are known to eat frogs and small toads.

Habitat

Lives in leaf litter or burrows. Habitat ranges from dry, inland shrubland and woodland to wet, coastal forests and alpine meadows. Common in suburban gardens.

Native Status
Native to Australia