Geolycosa rafaelana

Picture ID 11036

Picture of Geolycosa rafaelana - Dorsal

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Big black spider, it’s dead, cannot see any markings or other colors. Kind of looks like mix between trap door spider and a wolf spider. I live up against warm open desert in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. About 2 inches across (including legs)

  • Submitted by: 
    annabear
  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Photographed: Apr 29, 2018
  • Spider: Geolycosa rafaelana
  • Location: Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.),Ground layer (leaf litter, dirt, grass, etc),Desert area
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes: Dorsal
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ItsyBitsy

Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 This looks like a Burrowing Wolf Spider (Lycosidae), Geolycosa rafaelana.

ItsyBitsy

Like most spiders they have venom but are unlikely to bite except in self defense and are not considered to be of medical significance. Everyone’s immune system is different though.

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