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Genus Sosippus - Funnel Web Wolf Spiders

Sosippus mimus - female Sosippus placidus Sosippus janus - female Spider - Sosippus californicus Sosippus floridanus ? - Sosippus floridanus Sossipus mimus? - Sosippus mimus Female wolf spider - Sosippus californicus Sosippus floridanus - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders)
Genus Sosippus (Funnel Web Wolf Spiders)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Simon, 1888(2)
Greek proper name for 'saving the horses'.(1)
6 species in BugGuide's range (North America north of Mexico).
Adults 12-32mm.
The only wolf spiders in North America that spin a funnel-shaped web.
californicus — Baja California, southern California, Arizona, south to Nayarit in Mexico.(3)
floridanus — southern Georgia and peninsular Florida into the Florida Keys.(4)
janus — North of the Okefenokee Swamp near Waycross, Georgia to northern Florida; usually in mesic environments.(5)
mimus — western Florida to Louisiana.(5)
placidus — Highlands County, Florida.(5)
texanus — southern Texas.(3)
Print References
Brach, V. 1976. "Subsocial behavior in the funnel-web wolf spider Sosippus floridanus (Araneae: Lycosidae)." The Florida Entomologist 59(3): 225-229. FULL TEXT
Sierwald, P. 2000. "Description of the male of Sosippus placidus, with notes on the subfamily Sosippinae (Araneae: Lycosidae)." The Journal of Arachnology 28: 133-140. FULL TEXT