Picture ID 9460

Picture of Tasmanicosa - Dorsal

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Thought black house spider but it’s very large for a house spider.. body approx 20mm and full length with legs approx 60mm. On the floor in living room under a drop sheet that was there as I was painting

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  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Photographed: Apr 14, 2018
  • Spider: Tasmanicosa
  • Location: Melbourne , Australia
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes: Dorsal
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Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 This is a Wolf Spider (Lycosidae). Looks similar to this one in the genus Lycosa.


Ah hah! The one I linked to for comparison (Lycosa leuckarti) was reclassified as Tasmanicosa leuckartia. I should have followed through and checked the world spider catalog to see if that was the current placement … oddly it looks like that change was made a long time ago and I’m surprised there’s a species page for it online at all. There are 14 species in the genus listed for Australia, I’ll go through them when I have more time to see if I can rule out enough of them for a species placement.

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