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Genus Pirata - Pirate Wolf Spiders

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders)
Genus Pirata (Pirate Wolf Spiders)
Explanation of Names
From Greek a-stem masculine noun for 'pirate'.(1)
23 species in Bugguide's range.
Pirata alachuus — USA; AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, MD, MS, MO, NC, OH, SC, VA Note: Similar species have been collected in NJ, TN, and TX but females only, males were needed to confirm the state records. The female from New Jersey outwardly resembled P. sedentarius but had an epigynum that more closely resembled P. alachuus, from Florida.(2)

Pirata allapahae — USA; FL; Alachua Co., Lake Co., Marion Co., Pasco Co., Putnam Co.(2)

Pirata apalacheus — USA; Southeastern United States, Illinois, and Kansas.; AL, FL, GA, IL, KS, MS, NC, TN(2)

Pirata aspirans — USA, Canada; Manitoba to Nova Scotia, south to Georgia.(3);

Pirata bryantae — Canada, Alaska; Alaska to Newfoundland.(3);

Pirata davisi — USA, Mexico; TX(2)

Pirata hiteorum — USA; Southeastern United States, north to Virginia, west to Texas and north to Kansas.(2);

Pirata indigenus — USA; MI, MO(2)

Pirata iviei — USA; Southeastern United States; GA, NC, SC(2)

Pirata mayaca — USA, Bahama Is., Cuba; "Florida, British West Indies, Cuba. Females from North Carolina and Cuba resemble P. mayaca, but males are needed to verify those records."; FL(2)

Pirata montanoides — USA; Northeast Iowa east to northern New York.(3); IL, IA, MI, NY(2)

Pirata montanus — USA, Canada; Manitoba to Newfoundland, south to Tennessee and North Carolina.(3);

Pirata nanatus — USA; "Known only from Florida and Georgia."; FL, GA(2)

Pirata piraticus — Holarctic; Alaska to Newfoundland, south to California and West Virginia; Europe, Asia(3);

Pirata piratimorphus — USA; CA(4)

Pirata praedo — USA, Canada; "Yukon Territory to Massachusetts, south to Illinois."(3)

Pirata sedentarius — North America; Southern Alberta to Nova Scotia, south to Mexico and the West Indies.(3);

Pirata seminolus — USA; Texas to Florida, north to Michigan and New Jersey.(3);

Pirata spiniger — USA; Southeastern United States; AR, FL, GA, IL, NC(2)

Pirata suwaneus — USA; "probably is limited in its distribution to the southeastern United States and the West Indies. It ranges from North Carolina westward to Louisiana and Arkansas and southward throughout Florida and into the British West Indies. It does not appear to occur as far north as Tennessee; it has not been found in northwestern Arkansas where much collecting has been done, nor in Missouri."; AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, NC(2)

Pirata sylvanus — USA; Southeastern United States; AR, GA, LA, MO, NC, TN, VA(2)

Pirata triens — USA; IL; Adams Co.(2)

Pirata welakae — USA; FL; Columbia Co., Putnam Co.(2)

CA would be Pirata (no Piratula in that state)
Mainly wet habitats such as bogs and swamps.(3)
Piratula Roewer, 1960 removed from the synonymy of Pirata Sundevall, 1833 by Omelko, Marusik & Koponen, 2011: 213, contra Dondale & Redner, 1981b: 107.

Resulting new combinations:
- Piratula canadensis (Dondale & Redner, 1981)
- Piratula cantralli (Wallace & Exline, 1978)
- Piratula gigantea (Gertsch, 1934)
- Piratula insularis (Emerton, 1885)
- Piratula minuta (Emerton, 1885)
Works Cited
1.Spiders of North America: An Identification Manual
D. Ubick, P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing and V. Roth (eds). 2005. American Arachnological Society.
2.Spiders of the genus Pirata in North America, Central America and the West Indies (Araneae: Lycosidae)
Wallace, H. K. & Exline, H. 1978. Journal of Arachnology 5: 1-112.
3.The Wolf Spiders, Nurseryweb Spiders, and Lynx Spiders of Canada and Alaska
Dondale, Charles D. and James H. Redner. 1990. Canadian Government Publishing Centre, Ottawa.
4.Exotisch-araneologisches. I. Amerikanische, hauptsächlich in Peru, Bolivien und Josemitetal in Californien gesammelte Spinnen.
Strand, E. 1908. Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde 61: 223-295.