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Another Wolf Spider - Hogna frondicola

Another Wolf Spider - Hogna frondicola
Torch River Provincial Forest, Saskatchewan, Canada
August 26, 2009
Large size makes them easy to spot but they usually dissapear into the ground litter before you get close, this one stood around long enough for two long distance pictures.
9:30 AM. Open Pine forest, No web.

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Moved from Hogna.

SK Wolf Spiders
Moved from Spiders. Assuming we have the genus correct I think you're right. I'm going to look at a few other spiders listed for SK (I'm excluding Pardosa & Pirata as I'm sure it's not one of those).
Alopecosa aculeata - possible
Alopecosa kochii - possible
Arctosa alpigena - nope
Arctosa emertoni
Arctosa littoralis - nope
Arctosa raptor
Arctosa rubicunda - nope
Geolycosa missouriensis - nope
Hogna frondicola - possible
Schizocosa cespitum
Schizocosa mccooki - nope
Schizocosa minnesotensis
Trochosa terricola - nope

I'm out of time for this morning..... more later.

Thank you. Maybe save time, wait 3 1/2 months.
Open Pine forest that is basically on top of a sand dune, without trees the place could be 6 meters lower.
Area approximately 16 meters above and 260 meters from closest water.
Schizocosa and Arctosa raptor, Associated with Wetlands. Not
Arctosa emertoni, Just to small. Not.
Alopecosa kochii - possible - "Range; Southern" Map 80. Not.
Male - to small. Female T.L. 9.0 - 16 mm; carapace 5.51 L. / 4.03 W.
Alopecosa aculeata - possible - Collected here. Map 79. Not. To small.
Male T.L. 7.2 - 9.5 mm; carapace 4.29 L. / 3.07 W. Female T.L. 8.1 - 11.3 mm; carapace 4.31 L. / 3.16 W.
Carapace - no marginal band, eyes wrong, "Abdomen with pair of dark lateral bands, sometimes breaking into series of spots or connecting transversely to form chevrons."
Hogna frondicola - possible - Collected here. Map 7.
Male T.L. 10.28 mm; carapace 5.29 L. / 3.90 W. To small. Female T.L. 12.02 mm; carapace 5.58 L. / 4.09 W.
Allow me to exaggerate. Assuming all the Total Length measures are of desiccated spiders in alcohol, and 25% less than life, 16 mm. would be minimum.
August 2012 to do list, catch some of these.

Hogna frondicola
I think if you ruled out these two species then we've figured out your ID is correct by process of elimination. I have no problem with you moving to the H. frondicola page if you've ruled those two out.

Alopecosa aculeata - possible
Alopecosa kochii - possible

Probation, best fit until August.
Compared to description of A. kochii this spider missing "reddish brown" carapace and legs.
Abdomen; lateral areas are not mottled with orange, or yellow, and black. Southern border line Range.
Legs I, II, III, and IV same shade. Until I'm able to condemn or confirm, Hogna is best fit.

Dimensions, shape and habitat fit,
but that's about all.
Sask. Taxa #25831. Hogna frondicola. "Insects and Arachnids of Canada - part 17" (p. 42)
"Often have thick bodies and strong legs" and "Abdomen dull gray *mesally; posterior area usually with a few dark transverse marks;"
Doesn't have dark orange or reddish brown carapace, chelicerae and legs.
Size, crop out the Pine cone and the droppings could be from a 1.5 kg. (3.3 lb.) Snowshoe Rabbit, not a White tailed (7.8 lb.) Jack rabbit or Deer.
(*Middle; median; in, or in the region of, the mesial plane. The mesial plane dividing the body of an animal into similar right and left halves.)

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