Wolf Spider

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Wolf Spider

Lycosa sp.


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.


Details Description
Type
Invertebrate
Group
Arachnid - Spider
Identifying Characteristics

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

Distinctive Markings

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

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
Bites/Sting
Minor symptoms when bitten. Mainly local pain and itchiness. Less common symptoms are swelling, dizziness and nausea.
Taxonomy
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Lycosidae
Genus
Lycosa
Species
sp.
Widely distributed across Australia especially inland regions.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.