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Genus Gladicosa

Gladicosa pulchra - male Gladicosa pulchra - female Male wolf spider? - Gladicosa gulosa - male What spider might this be? I still have it to take additional photos. - Gladicosa gulosa Unidentified Wolf Spider - Gladicosa gulosa - female Gladicosa? - Gladicosa pulchra - male spider near creek - Gladicosa Tigrosa georgicola? - Gladicosa gulosa
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders)
Genus Gladicosa
Explanation of Names
A combination of gladius (Latin for 'sword'), referring to the unique sword-shaped embolus of the male palpus, and cosa derived from the generic name Lycosa. It is considered feminine.(1)
Numbers
5 species in BugGuide's range (North America north of Mexico).
Size
Body length 19mm or less(1)
Identification
"Gladicosa pulchra is closest to G. gulosa in size, coloration, and genitalic structure. Gladicosa pulchra is a larger species and is usually darker in color with a more distinct pattern. In most specimens of pulchra the venter of the abdomen is dark brown to black behind the epigastric furrow, while that of gulosa is yellowish to light brown."(1)
Range
Gladicosa bellamyi: FL, MS, OH, OK.(1)
Gladicosa euepigynata: Texas.(1)
Gladicosa gulosa: eastern United States (as far west as the Rockies) and southeastern Canada.(1)
Gladicosa huberti: FL, GA, MS, SC, TX (the Gulf States).(1)(2)
Gladicosa pulchra: From Long Island to Florida, west to Texas and southern Kansas. More abundant in the southeastern United States.(1)
Print References
Brady, A. R. 1986. Nearctic species of the new wolf spider genus Gladicosa (Araneae: Lycosidae). Psyche 93: 285-320.(1)
Works Cited
1.Nearctic species of the new wolf spider genus Gladicosa (Araneae: Lycosidae)
Allen R. Brady. 1987. Psyche, vol. 93, no. 3-4, 285-319.
2.Spiders of Texas