Jul 9, 2009

Lone Lycos

There are something around 2,300 species of wolf spider (family Lycosidae) the world over. They're found almost everywhere, so I have no idea what particular species of wolf spider this one is. I am confident that it isn't a nursery web spider (they are often confused for one another) though, because nursery web spiders carry their egg sac with their chelicerae and pedipalps, as opposed to the wolf spider, who carries it by her spinnerets.

Photo by João P. Burini

Can't help myself here, but I've got another bit of word trivia for you. Lykos is Greek for wolf (ergo the Latin version Lycosa for this spider). For my fellow gaming geeks out there, now we know where the term 'lycanthrope' comes from. Lycos = wolf, anthrope = man. Wolfman.


Joe Lapp said...

Yup, it's a Lycosid. Four of their 8 eyes form a mustache under the two large posterior medial eyes. Wolf spiders have mustaches made of eyes.

If you're ever desperate for a cool spider portrait, I've got some doozies.

Anonymous said...

That word is also where the werewolves (i.e. lycans) get their name in the Underworld movies.

Raging Wombat said...

Of course I want to see some doozies, Joe!

Anonymous said...

Spiders i have inside home& around my home but this one is looking different. It's looking terrible.


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Techuser said...

You gonna love the species name
this one is a Lycosa erythrognatha, since you're playing with the latin names, erythgonatha = red jaws, cool eh :)

Raging Wombat said...

Agreed, Techuser. That is very, very cool.