Spiders: Family Lycosidae

Common name: Wolf spiders. Most of the genera are terrestrial, free ranging, not having webs, although some construct burrows. Some species are even semi-aquatic. Mainly diurnal, some species being nocturnal. Fast moving and usually run down their prey. 28 Genera occurring in South Africa. Females can often be seen carrying a white round egg case which is attached to the spinnerets. When the eggs hatch, the young are carried on the mother's abdomen. 3-30mm in length. Lycosid families are easy to identify but are notoriously difficult to identify down to genus level often needing microscopic examination of the genitalia. Harmless to humans. Abundance: common. (Marita Beneke)
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Allocosa lawrencei female Amblyothele latedissipata female Evippomma squamulatum female Hogna spenceri Hogna spenceri Hogna transvaalica female
Hogna zuluana female Ocyale guttata female Ocyale guttata Pardosa crassipalpis female Pardosa crassipalpis male Pardosa species male
Pirata species Proevippa albiventris male Trabea purcelli female Zenonina mystacina    

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