Lycosa godeffroyiCommon name: Garden wolf spider

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Common across southern and eastern mainland Australia.

Description: This spider has a body length of approximately 20 millimetres.

Notes: Wolf spiders live in vertical burrows, usually in the ground with a collar of silk but no lid.

Wolf spiders may sit at the lip of their burrow and when provoked, rear up in defence or quickly retreat inside.

Female wolf spiders carry their egg sac attached to spinnerets under the abdomen and may ‘sun’ it periodically until the young hatch. Upon hatching the spiderlings swarm over their mother and are carried around on her back for a few days before dispersing.

References: Identification courtesy of Kim Pullen, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.

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