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Genus Allocosa

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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 Allocosa
Explanation of Names
Banks, 1900
Numbers
17 species in BugGuide's range (North America north of Mexico).(1)—accessed 4 March 2014.
Size
Body length of adults about 2.8—9.6 millimeters.(2)
Identification
carapace black, shiny; abdomen usually paler, with dark dorsal patches and brown spindle-shaped marking anteriorly; legs thick, black basally, yellowish to reddish distally with variably faint to distinct dark bands; middle two pairs of legs shorter than body; hind pair of legs slightly longer than body
width of anterior eye row less than width of PME row; tarsus 1 without long proximal bristle (see key to genera)
Range
Throughout United States (species diversity greater in southern states).
A. funerea is the most widespread North American species; a few species of Allocosa occur in the northern states but apparently none have yet been recorded in Canada (based on 2010 checklist of Canada and Alaska(3)).

absoluta — Texas to Florida, north to North Carolina.(4)
apora — Utah south to Costa Rica (UT, AZ).(4)
chamberlini — Montana and Nebraska, south to Arizona and New Mexico.(2)(4)
floridiana — Arkansas to Georgia and Florida.(4)
funerea — Kansas and southern Michigan to Massachusetts, south to Texas and Florida.(2)(4)
furtiva — Texas to Florida, north along Atlantic seaboard to Long Island, New York.(4)
millica — USA (unable to locate more precise distribution)
mokiensis — Arizona and New Mexico.(4)
morelosiana — Arizona and New Mexico to central Mexico.(4)
mulaiki — Texas and Arkansas, east to Florida and North Carolina.(4)
noctuabunda — New Mexico to Indiana, south to Tamaulipas, Mexico.(4)
parva — Colorado south to Costa Rica (AZ, CO, NV, NM).(4)
pylora — Arizona to central Texas.(4)
retenta — known only from Texas (female not described yet).(5)
sublata — Texas and Arkansas, east to Florida and North Carolina.(4)
subparva — Oregon and Idaho, south to Nayarit, Mexico.(4)
utahana — Utah.(4)
Internet References
line drawing of A. funerea by B.J. Kaston (Herschel Raney, Lycosidae of Arkansas)
key to genera of Lycosidae (American Museum of Natural History)
Works Cited
1.The World Spider Catalog by Norman I. Platnick
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.
3.Checklist of the spiders (Araneae) of Canada and Alaska
Paquin, Buckle, Duperre, & Dondale. 2010. Zootaxa 2461: 1–170.
4.The wolf spider genus Allocosa in North and Central America (Araneae: Lycosidae)
Charles D. Dondale & James H. Redner. 1983. The Canadian Entomologist 115: 933-964.
5.A study of the lenta-group of the genus Lycosa with descriptions of new species
Howard K. Wallace. 1942. American Museum Novitates 1185: 1-21.