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Wolf spider from Northern KY - Dolomedes - female

Wolf spider from Northern KY - Dolomedes - Female
Union, Boone County, Kentucky, USA
June 1, 2011
Size: Body: 1"+ Legs: 3"+
This spider was found at dusk on a vertical concrete surface (my front porch steps) at my house in a neighborhood in Union, KY (a suburb of Cincinnati, OH). It was not in a web and stayed perfectly still for 5+ minutes while I got within a few inches of it to take photographs with the flash on. I decided to try to catch it by placing a tupperware container over it and in the process I pinched one of its legs and it broke off. As soon as I touched it it finally moved and it was very fast. Not show are fangs that are about 1/8" long. My aunt, (a PHd biologist, although not specializing in insects) says that it is some variety of wolf spider and that it is female, but didn't know much else.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Actually this looks like one
Actually this looks like one of the fishing spiders from Dolomedes.

The fact you found it vertical reinforces that.

 
How to differentiate between Dolomedes and Hogna
Thanks for the information. It does look a lot like D. tenebrosus and D. plantarius.

Is there any specific feature that would allow me to positively distinguish between these and a Carolina Wolf Spider (Hogna carolinensis)?

 
Eye arrangement
Can tell you the difference between the two. Wolf spiders' eyes are usually larger in relation to their carapace and the posterior lateral eyes are farther back.


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