Animal Species:Garden Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders are robust, agile, fast-moving ground hunters that chase down or ambush prey.

Standard Common Name

Garden Wolf Spider

Identification

The Garden Wolf Spider is large and strongly patterned in grey, brown and white with a black underside. They have large eyes with which they locate their prey. Their characteristic eye formation is four large eyes arranged in a square on top of the head with four smaller eyes in a row at the front.

Size range

1.5 cm - 2.2 cm

Distribution

Garden Wolf Spiders are found throughout southern Australia.

Habitat

Garden Wolf Spiders prefer urban areas, forests and woodlands and heath.

Habitat type

Vegetation Habitat: woodland

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Feeding Habits

arthropod-feeder, carnivorous, insectivorous, predator

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Other behaviours and adaptations

Most live in leaf litter or in burrows in fairly open ground. Its open burrows are often seen in Sydney gardens. The best time to see wolf spiders is at night when they are searching for prey. Use a torch to spot the greenish yellow reflection from their large eyes.

Life history mode

terrestrial

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Life cycle

Female wolf spiders carry their egg sac behind them, attached to the spinnerets (silk-spinning organs) on the abdomen. When the eggs hatch, the spiderlings hitch a ride on the mother's back, clinging onto special knobbed hairs.

Danger to humans and first aid

Not known to be dangerous.

Classification

Species:
godeffroyi
Genus:
Lycosa
Family:
Lycosidae
Order:
Araneae
Class:
Arachnida
Phylum:
Arthropoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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