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Is this a wolf or grass spider?

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Meer, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. Meer

    Meer Arachnopeon

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    I found this guy on my basement floor. What species is it? I think it's either a rabid wolf spider or a funnel web/grass spider. But I have no idea how to tell those apart! :eek:

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    (sorry I couldn't get a good shot of the underside)
     
  2. ErikWestblom

    ErikWestblom Arachnobaron

    That's a wolf spider. If you take a look at the eye pattern you can see that 2 of the eyes are bigger and facing forward. And one more thing: grass spiders have bigger spinnerets.
     
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  3. Erigo

    Erigo Arachnosquire

    It is Rabidosa sp.
     
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  4. GiantVinegaroon

    GiantVinegaroon Arachnoprince

    Definitely a wolf spider. That's all I can say. Like others have said, wolfies have those 4 big eyes on top of the head, and grass spiders have two(?) rows of tiny eyes.
     
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  5. Meer

    Meer Arachnopeon

    Thank you guys! With that info and after looking at pictures on BugGuide I think I can now tell the difference. We have a lot of both Agelenopsis and Rabidosa around our house. I like to know what I'm looking at.
     
  6. Tegenaria

    Tegenaria Arachnodemon Old Timer

    Beautiful spider, wish we had those!
     
  7. Meer

    Meer Arachnopeon

    Yes they are awesome. I like seeing them around. I see them often when I cut the grass. (and I swerve to avoid them of course!)

    I let that one go, but I think sometime I'd like to keep a wolf.

    I went out into the yard and teased a grass spider out of it's web for a look. They are actually quite different from wolf spiders when you see them in person. I feel kinda silly for getting them confused. :eek: