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Genus Ctenus - Tropical wolf spiders

Possible Wolf Spider - Ctenus hibernalis Ctenus captiosus - female Ctenus captiosus - female big purple spider - Ctenus captiosus Wandering Spider? - Ctenus hibernalis Ctenus exlineae Ctenus - Ctenus exlineae Wolf spider? - Ctenus captiosus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Ctenidae (Wandering Spiders)
Genus Ctenus (Tropical wolf spiders)
Other Common Names
Wandering Spider
False Wolf Spider
5 species in BugGuide's range (North America north of Mexico)
Ctenus captiosus: Florida
Ctenus exlineae: Northwest Arkansas (& the Ozark Mountains of that vicinity) and eastern Oklahoma; this species is found in large populations in locally restricted habitats
Ctenus minimus: "North America" (only the type specimens are known and "North America" has not been further specified)
Ctenus valverdiensis: Texas

Ranges taken from Peck 1981(1)
See forum discussion here.
Print References
Peck, W. B., 1981. The Ctenidae of temperate zone North America. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 170: 157-169. [online download available from here]
Internet References
Marshal Hedin's image of adult female Ctenus exlineae:
Works Cited
1.The Ctenidae of temperate zone North America
William B. Peck. 1981. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 170: 157-169.