Schizocosa mccooki

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Picture of Schizocosa mccooki - Dorsal
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ItsyBitsy
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Hi, this is a Wolf Spider (Lycosidae), looks like Schizocosa mccooki.

Nmstalick307
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How are you able to differentiate from S. avida?

ItsyBitsy
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Range. For CA I think it’s between S. mccooki and S. maxima.

Nmstalick307
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For some reason I thought I had chosen Wyoming in the category of spiders, I completely missed the location being California

ItsyBitsy
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Yeah, where the range overlaps things get too confusing and I usually go with genus. I haven’t pinpointed a reliable way to tell them apart from an image like this yet.

Nmstalick307
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Neither have I, which is why I was curious, I believe there are differences on the ventral

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