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Genus Alopecosa

Wolf Spider? - Alopecosa What Class Is It - Alopecosa Wolf mama - Alopecosa kochi - female Hairy brown spider, Northern California - Alopecosa Wolf - Alopecosa kochi - male Wolf Spider? - Alopecosa kochi - female Alopecosa - Alopecosa kochi - male Lycosid male - Alopecosa kochi - male
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 Alopecosa
Explanation of Names
Alopec- means the spider was named for a fox, and osa is formed to rhyme with Pardosa and means it is a wolf spider.(1)
6 species in BugGuide's range (North America north of Mexico)
Note: specimen(s) of the European species Alopecosa pulverulenta have been found on Attu Island (Aleutian Islands), Alaska. Further collecting is needed to confirm their presence in North America (this species is not included in the six).(2)
aculeata - Alaska to Newfoundland, south to Arizona and Connecticut(2)
exasperans - Canadian Arctic islands; northern and western Greenland(2)
hirtipes - Alaska to Labrador(2)
kochi - southern British Columbia to southern Ontario and Massachusetts, south to Baja California and Texas(2)
mutabilis - northern Alaska(2)
pictilis - Alaska to Labrador, with relict populations in the mountains of New Hampshire(2)
Internet References
~ - Images of Alopecosa spp. in Europe.
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.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.