just"jj"

just"jj"

Posted on 08/24/2013


Photo taken on August 24, 2013



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bush
spider hole.
Valley of the Bandicoots
Aldgate Valley
South Ausltralia
Mount Lofty Ranges
Adelaide Hills
2013
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August
Winter
Australia
scrub
garden wolf spider
Lycosa godeffroyi


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Meadowmom
Meadowmom
Smoothly webbed inside. A quite respectable front door.
3 years ago.
just"jj"
just"jj"
You're a champion, Paul.
Thank you for your interest and your help.
3 years ago.
just"jj"
just"jj"
AND Thank you for your comment too, Meadowmom; every time I go out into the bush I seem to notice something new (to me). Although I appreciate their beauty, taking the next step to identifying them is something I find very difficult.
That others take the trouble to notice and share their own observations is a treat for me.
3 years ago.
just"jj"
just"jj"
After several days of checking it would appear that this is more likely to be a member of the wolf Spider group (Lycosidae) than the Barking Spider, which occurs further NOrth and East.

Our CSIRO site says
"Description
The garden wolf spider, Lycosa godeffroyi, is one of the most widespread species of wolf spider in Australia and common across the southern and eastern mainland.
They are large, robust spiders growing up to 25 mm in body length. They are grey-brown in colour with a pattern of bars on the abdomen and radiating marks on the head and thorax."
I have definitely seen these in the garden when weeding.
Then of the burrows, they say, "Garden wolf spiders live in vertical burrows, usually in the ground with a collar of silk but no lid. Other species of wolf spider, as well as some trapdoor spiders, make a lid for the opening of their burrow."
Wikipedia has helped me as well.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barking_spiders
I thank you again Paul for your help in getting me started on identifying this home.
3 years ago.