Venatrix furcillata (L. Koch, 1867)

Male and female of Venatrix furcillata [as illustrated in Koch (1877a)]. Cephalothorax length male 5 mm, female 6 mm.

Systematics and Taxonomy

Lycosa furcillata L. Koch, 1867: 201-202.
Lycosa furcillata L. Koch.- Koch (1877a): 903-906, plate 78, Figs 1A-B, 2A-B.
Lycosa furcillata L. Koch.- Rainbow, 1911: 268.
Allocosa furcillata (L. Koch).- Roewer, 1955c: 206.
Allocosa furcillata L. Koch.- Rack, 1961: 37.
Lycosa furcillata L. Koch.- McKay, 1973: 379.
Lycosa furcillata L. Koch.- McKay, 1974a: 15-18, Figs 3C-D, K-M.
Lycosa furcillata L. Koch.- McKay, 1985b: 77.
Lycosa furcillata L. Koch.- Platnick, 1993: 487.
Venatrix furcillata (L. Koch).- Framenau & Vink, 2001: 957-959, Figs 36A-D, 37.
Venatrix furcillata (L. Koch).- Framenau, in press: ##-##.


N.B.: This species was described by Koch (1967) from a holotype (juvenile?) collected in Brisbane. Rack (1961) mistakenly listed a syntype from the ZMH and subsequently McKay (1973) mistakenly designated lectotypes (only possible from a syntype series!) as the holotype was regarded lost.



Female (c, d, k), male pedipalp (l), and variation of female epigyne (m) of Venatrix furcillata [as illustrated in McKay (1974a)].

Male (SAM NN 9908) and female (SAM NN 9910) of Venatrix furcillata [as illustrated in Framenau & Vink (2001)]
A, B, left male pedipalp, ventral and retrolateral view; C, D, epgyne and vulva. Scale bar: A, B 1.36mm; C, D 1.23mm.


Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria [map as illustrated in Framenau & Vink (2001)].


Biological Reference

Open areas, such as lawns and pasture, usually found near water.

McKay (1974a)
Framenau & Vink (2001)


Volker W. Framenau, 2002

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