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Garden Wolf Spider

A Garden Wolf Spider crawling out if its burrow on the leaf covered ground
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Scientific Name: Tasmanicosa godeffroyi

Size: TL 35mm (females are larger than males)

What does it look like?

The Garden Wolf Spider is predominantly brown, with paler yellowish-brown to orange-brown and darker blackish lines and marks, with a characteristic radiating pattern in the carapace.

Where is it found?

Widespread throughout temperate Australia.

 

What are its habitats & habits?

The Garden Wolf Spider occurs in open areas within a variety of wooded and grassland habitats, including gardens, where it lives within a lidless burrow, the entrance of which is lined with silk, with a small raised rim of leaves, sticks and grasses. It is a nocturnal, terrestrial hunter, actively pursuing and preying on small to large insects and other spiders. 

 

Interesting facts

Although non-aggressive towards humans, it is still capable of giving a painful bite that can become easily infected.

 

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Cover of the book, A Naturalist's Guide to the Insects of Australia

This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Insects of Australia

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