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Spider foiund indoors in North Carolina at the end of November - Gladicosa pulchra - female

Spider foiund indoors in North Carolina at the end of November - Gladicosa pulchra - Female
Walkertpwm, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
November 30, 2016
Size: 0.5 inch
This lady came into my house after a period of warm days followed by the first rain in weeks. I put her in a fairly large 5x5x5 inch container. She's the first wolf spider to ever lunge at my finger, but I think she just made a prey mistake. No sooner did she grab me than she recoiled and let me go again. The underside of her abdomen is matte surfaced and coal black. When I was catching her I noticed that she can jump about 5 inches vertically. That would seem to be her primaary means of escaping predators.

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Spider foiund indoors in North Carolina at the end of November - Gladicosa pulchra - female Spider foiund indoors in North Carolina at the end of November - Gladicosa pulchra - female

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Moved from ID Request.

Gladicosa pulchra
a wolf spider. Is the underside of abdomen black?

 
Yes. It is a sort of velvety
Yes. It is a sort of velvety coal black.

 
Ah, yeah
Now that I can see a close, clear image of the eyes, I agree with this. The ant-median eyes are more obviously wolf in the close up.

Beautiful!
She's actually a Dolomedes sp. (Pisauridae) as opposed to a wolf spider (Lycosidae).

Compare the eye arrangement to this individual: http://bugguide.net/node/view/563928/bgpage.

to this: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1236097. Wolf spiders' anterior median eyes are larger and set further apart than a Pisaurid's.

 
Thanks. I should have noticed
Thanks. I just added a closeup. (I have a massive NEF if anybody needs one. I'll post to Wiki Commons when I get an identification. )

It's hard to see in the reduced image I originally submitted. It still looks like a wolf spider to me..

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