Explanation of Names
The genus name was formed by adding -osa to the species name for which the genus is based, rabida (Lycosa rabida
5 species in bugguide's range.
The following images are being used to match the drawings and information from the paper by Brady & McKinley, 1994: Nearctic Species of the Wolf Spider Genus Rabidosa.
Rabidosa rabida - Look for the white 'spots' inside the posterior portion of the dark abdominal stripe.
Rabidosa santrita - Found in the southwest US (unlike the other species in the genus). Look for the horizontal lines through the posterior portion of the abdominal stripe.
- Venter of abdomen very pale brownish yellow (beige) with few-to-many scattered, variably-sized dark spots. Occasionally the venter is all dark brown or black.(2)
Most confused with Rabidosa rabida
and Rabidosa carrana
Rabidosa carrana - Most confused with Rabidosa punctulata.
Rabidosa hentzi - Look for the 'dots' around the carapace edge and at the edges of the abdominal stripe which separate this species from the others.
Species and ranges from kaston.transy.edu
and Brady 1994.(2)
Rabidosa carrana (Bryant, 1934) peninsular FL, coastal GA & NC
Rabidosa hentzi (Banks, 1904) FL, GA, LA, NC
Images of R. hentzi on BugGuide and iNaturalist indicate a range of AR, AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OK, TX, VA
Rabidosa punctulata (Hentz, 1844) AL, AR, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA
Rabidosa rabida (Walckenaer, 1837) AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV; ON
Rabidosa santrita (Chamberlin & Ivie, 1942) AZ