Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
The carapace is dark brown with gray hairs (lighter in males) and usually without distinct markings. The abdomen is brown with a somewhat darker median stripe. (1)
Orange paturons (chelicera) and black around the the "knees" ventrally are characteristics of the species.(Jeff Hollenbeck)
~ Specimens of H. carolinensis are distinguished by large body, carapace with median and submarginal bands weakly developed; sternum, leg coxae, and abdominal venter black. Tips of femora III & IV and bases of tips of tibiae III & IV black. (2)
(This reference says the chelicerae are black.)
Throughout the United States.
Open areas, fields, grasslands, pastures, meadows,and deserts. They can be found under rocks during the day. (3)
Considered to be the largest wolf spider in North America.
They are a burrowing species, but they wander away from the burrow at night and rarely during the day to hunt. Adult males wander in search of females. (3)
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