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Possible Schizocosa crassipes? - Schizocosa

Possible Schizocosa crassipes? - Schizocosa
Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, USA
June 3, 2010
I believe that this is a wolf spider in the genus Alopecosa. Can anyone confirm genus and perhaps point me towards species?

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Schizocosa crassipes (Lycosidae) might also be a possibility:


 
Thank you
It looks much more like the Schizocosa crassipes photos in the guide than it does like Alopecosa. Can you recommend a good book for spider id's?

 
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Here are a couple, depending on your interests.

For ID's down to the genus I recommend Spiders of North America, available through amazon.com if I'm not mistaken. Also available here: http://faculty.vassar.edu/suter/spidermanual/

If you're new to spiders and want to get a general overview of the different kinds, their life histories, etc, try American Spiders by Willis J. Gertsch. It's out of print so you'll have to hunt for a copy, but it's worth it if you can find one.

For wolf spiders in particular, The wolf spiders, nurseryweb spiders, and lynx spiders of Canada and Alaska by Dondale and Redner can be downnloaded as a free .pdf file here: http://www.esc-sec.ca/aafcmonographs/insects_and_arachnids_part_17.pdf Many of the species covered in there also occur in the states.

There aren't really any good field guides, but Spiders and Their Kin by Herbert Levi, available in most bookstores, shows a lot of the spiders you're likely to encounter.

 
Thanks for the recommendations
I have "Spiders and Their Kin", but I can never find any of my spiders in it, including this one. I'm eager to check out the .pdf file and other books - Amazon has them both. Thanks again.

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