Brisbane Wolf Spider - Venatrix brisbanae (or Venatrix ornatula)


This page contains pictures and information about Brisbane Wolf Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 10mm, female
This Wolf Spider is common in our backyard. They were found hunting at night during summer. Its carapace is mainly dark brown in colour, with two light brown lines along the edge and slight brown at the middle. 
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Female with juveniles
Some weeks ago we saw a similar spider but its abdomen look interesting. When we disturbed it, there were many small spiders running at all direction from the spider's abdomen. The female wolf spider was carrying her young spiders at her abdomen. 
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The spider can also be seen running on ground during the day in Karawatha Forest. The patterns on female abdomen make it hard to tell if there are with or without juveniles on her back.
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Thank to Dr Volker W. Framenau for the identification of this spider. As Dr Framenau suggested, Wolf Spiders are often difficult to identify based on photographs alone.

1. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p108. 

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Last updated: March 18, 2010.