Hogna crispipes (L. Koch, 1877)

Male and Female of Lycosa crispipes [as illustrated in Koch (1877a)]. Cephalothorax length female 5 mm, male 3.5 mm. The male illustrated here is most likely not Hogna crispipes but Venatrix goyderi (Hickman, 1944).

Female of Hogna crispipes [as illustrated as Lycosa pulveresparsain Koch, 1877a]. Cephalothorax length 8 mm.

Holotype female of Lycosa waitei [as illustrated in Rainbow, 1917a]. Cephalothorax length 6.5 mm.

Holotype female of Lycosa rainbowi [as illustrated in Rainbow (1920b)]. Cephalothorax length 7.5 mm.

N.B.: Examination of the type material revealed that the specimens illustrated by McKay (1979d) are not conspecific with the syntypes of Hogna crispipes but represent two similar, but different undescribed species.

Systematics and Taxonomy

Lycosa crispipes L. Koch, 1877a: 923-925, plate 79, figs 8, 8a, plate 80, figs 1, 1a.

Lycosa pulvere-sparsa L. Koch, 1877a: 941-942, plate 79, fig. 2. (new synonymy in Framenau, Gotch & Austin, in press)
Tarentula tongatabuensis Strand 1911: 207. (new synonymy in Framenau, Gotch & Austin, in press)
Lycosa crispipes L. Koch.- Rainbow, 1911: 266.
Lycosa pulvere-sparsa L. Koch.- Rainbow, 1911: 272.
Tarentula tanna Strand 1913: 121-122. (new synonymy in Framenau, Gotch & Austin, in press)
Tarentula tongatabuensis Strand.- Strand 1915: 258, plate 14, fig. 21, plate 19, fig. 99.
Tarentula tanna Strand.- Strand 1915: 260, plate 19, fig. 96a-b.
Lycosa (?) immansueta Simon 1909.- Rainbow 1915: 787 (misidentification).
Lycosa waitei Rainbow 1917: 487-788, plate 32, figs 7-9. (new synonymy in Framenau, Gotch & Austin, in press)
Lycosa strenua Rainbow 1920: 260-261, plate 30, figs 92-93 (preoccupied by Lycosa strenua Nicolet 1849 and Lycosa strenua Thorell 1872). (new synonymy in Framenau, Gotch & Austin, in press)
Lycosa tanna (Strand).- Berland 1938: 182-183, figs 147-149.
Tarentula rainbowi Roewer 1951: 442 (replacement name for Lycosa strenua Rainbow 1920).
Hygrolycosa crispipes (L. Koch).- Roewer, 1955c: 261.
Lycosa waitei Rainbow.- Roewer, 1955c: 272.
Lycosa rainbowi (Roewer).- Roewer, 1955c: 272.
Scaptocosa tongatabuensis (Strand).- Roewer, 1955c: 291.
Varacosa pulveresparsa (L. Koch).- Roewer, 1955c: 305.
Varacosa tanna (Strand).- Roewer, 1955c: 305.
Lycosa tanna (Strand).- Bonnet 1957: 2666.
Lycosa tongatabuensis (Strand).- Bonnet 1957: 2667. Lycosa waitei Rainbow.- Bonnet 1957: 2669.
Hygrolycosa crispipes (L. Koch).- Rack, 1961: 37.
Varacosa pulveresparsa (L. Koch).- Rack, 1961: 38.
Varacosa tanna (Strand).- Chrysanthus 1967: 424, figs. 73, 78-79.
Hygrolycosa crispipes (L. Koch).- McKay, 1973: 380.
Lycosa waitei Rainbow.- McKay, 1973: 380.
Varacosa pulveresparsa (L. Koch).- McKay, 1973: 381.
not Lycosa crispipes L. Koch sensu McKay, 1979d: 252-255, Figs 4A-M. (misidentification)
Lycosa crispipes L. Koch.- McKay, 1985b: 76.
Lycosa pulveresparsa L. Koch.- McKay, 19785b: 82.
Lycosa rainbowi (Roewer).- McKay, 1985b: 82.
Lycosa waitei Rainbow.- McKay, 1985b: 84.
Lycosa crispipes L. Koch.- Platnick, 1989: 370.
Tarentula tanna Strand.- Ledoux & Hallé 1995: 7. “Lycosa” tongatabuensis (Strand).- Ledoux & Hallé 1995: 7, figs. 5a-c.
Geolycosa tongatabuensis (Strand).- Platnick 1998: 554.
Geolycosa tongatabuensis (Strand).- Vink 2002: 36-37, Figs. 31, 38, 65, 92.
Hogna crispipes (L. Koch).- Framenau, Gotch & Austin, in press: ##-##, Figs 19-32.


Syntypes of Lycosa crispipes:

Koch (1877a) described a male from the Godeffroy Museum, where the female syntypes were housed. However, this male is not listed by McKay (1979d) and appears to be lost.

Syntypes of Lycosa pulveresparsa:

Lectotypes of Tarentula tongatabuensis:

Holotype of Tarentula tanna:

Holotype of Lycosa waitei:

Holotype of Lycosa strenua:


Hogna crispipes [as illustrated by McKay (1979d)]. These illustrations represent two different species that are not conspecific with Hogna crispipes.


Hogna crispipes is found on mainland Australia and offshore islands and reefs in the East and West of Australia, as well as in New Zealand (Vink 2002) and on several Pacific islands (e.g. Tonga, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands).

Biological Reference

In sandy and grassy areas near water, e.g. rivers, creeks but also in dune systems (Framenau, Gotch & Austin, in press).


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