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Genus Sosippus - Funnel Web Wolf Spiders

Sosippus mimus - female Sosippus floridanus - male - female Sosippus floridanus - male - female Wolf Spider - Sosippus californicus Wolf SPider? - Sosippus californicus Grass spider ? - Sosippus californicus Funnel Type Wolf Spider - Sosippus californicus funnel spider - Sosippus californicus
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 Sosippus (Funnel Web Wolf Spiders)
Pronunciation
so-SIP-uhs
or
SO-si-puhs(1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Simon, 1888(2)
Greek proper name for 'saving the horses'.(1)
Numbers
6 species in BugGuide's range (North America north of Mexico).
Size
Adults 12-32mm.
Identification
The only wolf spiders in North America that spin a funnel-shaped web.
Range
californicus — Baja California, southern California, Arizona, south to Nayarit in Mexico.(3)
floridanus — southern Georgia and peninsular Florida into the Florida Keys.(4)
janus — North of the Okefenokee Swamp near Waycross, Georgia to northern Florida; usually in mesic environments.(5)
mimus — western Florida to Louisiana.(5)
placidus — Highlands County, Florida.(5)
texanus — southern Texas.(3)
Print References
Brach, V. 1976. "Subsocial behavior in the funnel-web wolf spider Sosippus floridanus (Araneae: Lycosidae)." The Florida Entomologist 59(3): 225-229. FULL TEXT
Sierwald, P. 2000. "Description of the male of Sosippus placidus, with notes on the subfamily Sosippinae (Araneae: Lycosidae)." The Journal of Arachnology 28: 133-140. FULL TEXT