- This page contains pictures and information about Wolf Spiders that we found
in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Female with juveniles on her back
- The spider that you see wandering across the garden path or between plants on
a summer day or night is quite likely a common Wolf Spider. These spiders are real hunters and have
very good eyesight. They are fast
moving, hunting on the open ground and low vegetation during day and night. They
live in burrows in the ground, usually with raised collar or sheet-web
- Wolf Spiders are usually dull grey and brown in colour with black pattern. Their size is from
small to quite large.
- Eyes in three rows of
- Female Wolf Spider carry their egg sac behind their
abdomen. The above picture show a female Wolf Spider carrying minute young on
her back. They are called "wolf spider" because people wrongly thought they hunted in groups like wolves.
Their eyes are arrange in three rows of 4, 2 and 2, with the front row of four
smaller than those of the back. .
- Little Striped Wolf Spider
- Venatrix furcillata, female,
male, body length 8mm
- We found this spider on the wall outside our house.
- 1. Wolf
spider Lycosa furcillata -
The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian
Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2007.
- 2. Venatrix furcillata
(L. Koch, 1867) - The Wolf Spiders of Australia
- Brisbane Wolf Spider
- Venatrix brisbanae (or Venatrix ornatula), female with
juveniles body length 10mm, male body length
- This wolf spider is common in our backyard, was 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. 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 their mother's abdomen. More
information can be found in this page.
- Garden Wolf Spider
- Lycosa godeffroyi (or a closely related species), body length 15mm
- This Wolf Spider can be found hunting on ground in garden at night. They move very fast when in pursuit of prey. The second picture shows its
large chelicerae. Also notice the arrangement of it eight eyes. Please also
visit this Grey Wolf Spider page.
- Dark Wolf Spider
- ? Lycosa obscuroides, body length 20mm
- This is a common large brown spider usually found running on forest floor. The spider builds burrow nest in ground with raised collar
together with silk and debris. More information and pictures can be
found in this page.
- 1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson
- 2. The Wolf Spiders
(Araneae, Lycosidae) of Australia - by Volker W. Framenau, 2003.
- 3. Wolf Spiders - Australasian Arachnological Society, 2007.
- 4. Wolf Spiders -
www.wolfspiders.org, by Anders
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