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I live in Western Australia, and recently have been finding a lot of a particular type of spider out in my backyard (generally at night, on the lawn).

From what I could find, I believe it is an Australian Wolf Spider, but wanted to make sure by asking here, as I was suggested to do so, when trying to find out how dangerous they are to small dogs.

Here is a pic of one I managed to capture (in a glass pasta sauce jar for size reference), the spiders are about 25mm - 50mm big I'd say.

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Here is a close-up:

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I have also being seeing the tell-tale sign of small little burrows in the ground for awhile now, which seems to be what they do.

As I understand it, there are many many species of Wolf Spiders, and from this Reddit question a couple of people explain them quite differently to the spider I am seeing, eg;

The wolf spider is big, hairy and scary looking

Wolf spiders, though rather large and fearsome

Is this an Australian Wolf Spider, and if so, any idea on the species?

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  • $\begingroup$ A closer-up photo showing its eyes clearly would help with identification. $\endgroup$
    – timeskull
    Commented Apr 15, 2022 at 21:52
  • $\begingroup$ @timeskull I have added a close-up, that's as close as I can get with the current shot. If you need closer, I would need to capture another one and take another photo. Cheers! $\endgroup$
    – Brett
    Commented Apr 15, 2022 at 22:28
  • $\begingroup$ This observation might be suitable for iNaturalist. $\endgroup$
    – Galen
    Commented Apr 24, 2022 at 20:31
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    $\begingroup$ @AgnesianOperator Interesting. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Brett
    Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 3:55

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My best guess is Lycosa australicola.

Found across the central and west of Australia.

Other species I have not yet checked that occur there (from wikipedia entry on lycosa, from the World Spider Catalog) are: ariadnae corallina cowlei dimota gibsoni hickmani koyuga salifodina tula woonda yalkara

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks - though the colouring does seem a bit differently placed on mine? $\endgroup$
    – Brett
    Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 4:07
  • $\begingroup$ I haven’t checked the whole list. It might be a new one. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 9:22
  • $\begingroup$ How about you go through the list? If it’s a new species you can name it after me. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 29, 2022 at 1:04
  • $\begingroup$ Way to many to go through lol $\endgroup$
    – Brett
    Commented Apr 30, 2022 at 9:06
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it's an Australian wolf spider, based on:

  • striped back
  • long hairy legs so we can deduce it's an Australian wolf spider.
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    $\begingroup$ There are many spiders that fit the description of "long hairy legs, striped back". Your answer could be improved by adding something more specific, with the citation of a reference or two. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 18, 2022 at 9:42

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