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Species Hogna carolinensis - Carolina Wolf Spider

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders)
Genus Hogna
Species carolinensis (Carolina Wolf Spider)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Size
Female: 22 to 35 mm
Male: 18 to 20 mm
Identification
The carapace is dark brown with gray hairs (lighter in males) and usually without distinct markings. The abdomen is brown with a somewhat darker median stripe. (1)



Orange paturons (chelicera) and black around the the "knees" ventrally are characteristics of the species.(Jeff Hollenbeck)

~ Specimens of H. carolinensis are distinguished by large body, carapace with median and submarginal bands weakly developed; sternum, leg coxae, and abdominal venter black. Tips of femora III & IV and bases of tips of tibiae III & IV black. (2) (This reference says the chelicerae are black.)
Range
Throughout the United States.
Remarks
Considered to be the largest wolf spider in North America.
Internet References
~ cumuseum.colorado.edu - Images and information.
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Spiders
B. J. Kaston. 1978. WCB/McGraw-Hill.
2.The Wolf Spiders, Nurseryweb Spiders, and Lynx Spiders of Canada and Alaska
Dondale, Charles D. and James H. Redner. 1990. Canadian Government Publishing Centre, Ottawa.