Lycosidae (wolf spiders)

of Arkansas

Click here for Scans of selected species from Kaston


Distinctive eye arrangement with four small anterior eyes in a row and four posterior eyes that are larger and form a quadrangle. Females distinctively carry the egg sac with them and then the hatchlings on their backs. Bracketed numbers are number of NA species in the new Spider Manual and on the internet family site. (This internet list of species is here.) I have 76 species possible locally after this last update. Though the status of several is unknown and the genus Lycosa seems to be under revision and puzzling. Peggy Dorris found several species in Pardosa that seem unlikely to have occurred in AR but I have no further work on this for now. They are currently listed below for AR.



Alopecosa [7]

(Carapace covered with setae, often densely, in several species.)

aculeata (Clercke) 1757

(AK, AR, CO, CT, ME, MI, MN, MS, MT, NH, NM, NY, OH, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY)

kochi (Keyserling) 1877

(EXTENSIVE western; in the east ok ks tx and the Northeast)


Gladicosa [5]

bellamyi (Gertsch and Wallace) 1937

(FL, MS, OH, OK)

gulosa (Walckenaer) 1837 2nd M


pulchra (Keyserling) 1877

(AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OK, TN, TX, VA)


Hogna [25]

annexa (Chamberlin and Ivie) 1944

(AR, FL, GA, MS, NC, TX)

antelucana (Montgomery) 1904

(AR, AZ, CA, FL, KY, MS, NM, SC, TX, UT)

aspersa (Hentz) 1844 2nd dark F

(AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WY)

baltimoriana (Keyserling) 1877

(AR, CT, IA, IL, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MT, NC, NJ, OH, PA, RI, SD, WI)

benedicta (Chamberlin) 1925

(AL, AZ, IL, TX, VA)

carolinensis (Walckenaer) 1805 2nd : 3rd underside


frondicola (Emerton) 1885 2nd


helluo (Walkenaer) 1837 2nd underside


lenta (Hentz) 1844 2nd underside M : 3rd F

(AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX)

permunda (Chamberlin) 1904

(CO, IL, KS, MO, NE, PA)


Rabidosa [5]

punctulata (Hentz) 1844


rabida (Walkenaer) 1837 2nd



Trebacosa [1]

(Female with a distinctive triangular median septum on the posterior.)

marxi (Stone) 1890

(AR, CT, DE, FL, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, VA, VT)


Varacosa [4]

(Carapace with paired dark streaks in pale area.)

avara (Keyserling) 1877


shenandoa (Chamberlin and Ivie) 1942

(AL, AR, CT, FL, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, MS, NC, NY, OK, TX, VA)


Sosippus [6]

(Anterior lateral eyes situated on small tubercles. Web weavers.)

mimus Chamberlin 1924

(AR, FL, GA, LA, MS)


Trabeops [1]

(Adults less than 4mm long.)

aurantiacus (Emerton) 1885

(AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, SC, VA, WI)


Pirata [30]

(Most of the species with a V-shaped mark on the carapace behind the eyes.)

alachuus Gertsch and Wallace 1935

(AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, SC, TX, VA)

apalacheus Gertsch 1940

(AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, KS, MS, NC, TN)

insularis Emerton 1885


hiteorum Wallace and Exline 1978

(AL, AR, FL, KS, MO, NC, TX, VA)

minutus Emerton 1885


montanus Emerton 1885

(AR, CT, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NJ, OH, PA, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV)

piraticus (Clerck) 1757


sedentarius Montgomery 1904


seminolus Gertsch and Wallace 1935

(AR, FL, LA, MI, MO, NJ, TX)

spiniger (Simon) 1898

(AR, FL, IL, NC)

suwaneus Gertsch 1940

(AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC)

sylvanus Chamberlin & Ivie 1944

(AR, GA, LA, MO, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA)


Geolycosa Burrowing Wolves [20]

(Carapace distinctive, ascending steeply in height from dorsal groove to posterior lateral eyes. Deep burrowers in sandy soil.)

fatifera (Hentz) 1842 2nd

(AL, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MO, NC, NE, NJ, TX, UT)

missouriensis (Banks) 1895

(AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NM, NY, OH, OK, SD, TX, UT, WI)

turricola (Treat) 1880

(CT, FL, GA, MA, MD, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA)

wrighti (Emerton) 1912

(CO, IL, IN, MI, MN, NM, OH, OK, SD, WI)


Trochosa [2?]

(Carapace with paired, dark longitudinal streaks in pale area anterior to dorsal groove.)

acompa (Chamberlin) 1924 (Status unknown in current catalog.)

(AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, OK, TX)

ruricola De Geer 1778


terricola Thorell 1856



Arctosa [12]

(Carapace often bare and mottled unlike the setae-covered species in Alopecosa and Pardosa.)

emertoni Gertsch 1934

(dark leg rings, anterior eye row longer than middle row)

(AR, CO, CT, ID, IL, MA, ME, MI, MN, NC, ND, NE, NH, NY, PA, RI, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)

littoralis (Hentz) 1844 2nd F

(anterior eye row not longer than middle row [see here])


rubicunda (Keyserling) 1877

(no dark leg rings, anterior eye row longer than middle row)

(AR, Extensive Central and North)

virgo (Chamberlin) 1925

(anterior eye row not longer than middle row)

(AR, DE, FL, MD, MI, NJ, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV)


Allocosa [19]

(Epigynum of female with smooth surface, lacking septums or atriums and often with setae. Genus representatives here and here.)

funerea (Hentz) 1844

(GA, MS, AL, NC, SC)

floridiana (Chamberlin) 1908

(AR, FL, GA, MS)

georgicola Walckenaer 1837

(AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, KS, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TX, VA, WV)

noctuabunda (Montgomery) 1904

(AR, FL, IN, KS, NM, OK, TX)

sublata (Montgomery) 1902

(AL, AR, DE, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MO, NC, NJ, TN, VA)


Pardosa Thin-legged Wolves [80]

(Carapace vertical or nearly so at sides anteriorly with the eyes of the posterior row situated at the carapace margins.)

atlantica Emerton 1913 2nd

(AR, FL, CT, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OK, TX, VA)

delicatula Gertsch and Wallace 1935

(KS, LA, MS, OK, TX)

distincta (Blackwall) 1846 2nd


floridana (Banks) 1896

(AR, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC)

lapidicina Emerton 1885 2nd

(AR, CT, DE, IN, KS, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WI, WV)

littoralis Banks 1896

(AR, CT, FL, GA, MA, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, RI, SC, TX, VA)

milvina (Hentz) 1844 2nd


moesta Banks 1892

(Extensive northern in the east, into the appalachians)

pauxilla Montgomery 1904 2nd

(AR, FL, GA, KS, LA, MD, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, OK, PA, SC, TX, VA)

ramulosa (McCook) 1894

(AR, CA, NV, OR, UT)

saxatilis (Hentz) 1844


sternalis (Thorell) 1877

(AR, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, MT, NE, NM, OR, TX, UT, WY)

utahensis Chamberlin 1919

(AR, AZ, CA, CO, NM, UT, WY)



Schizocosa [27]

aulonia Dondale 1969

(IA, IL, KS, NE, OK, TX)

avida (Walkenaer) 1837 2nd


bilineata (Emerton) 1885

(Extensive Eastern)

crassipes (Walckenaer) 1837 2nd

(AL, FL, GA, SC, NC)

duplex Chamberlin 1925

(AL, AR, CT, FL, GA, MA, MD, MI, NC, OH, SC, TN, VA)

humilis (Banks) 1892

(AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, NJ, NY, PA, VA)

ocreata (Hentz) 1844

(Extensive Eastern; SD to Tx and east)

retrorsa (Banks) 1911

(AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, KS, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA)

rovneri Uetz and Dondale 1979

(AL, IL, KY, MO, MS, OH, TX)

saltatrix (Hentz) 1844


stridulans Stratton 1984

(AL, IL, KY, MO, MS, OH, TN)

uetzi Stratton 1997

(AL, AR, LA, MS, TN)


Lycosa [10] (May not be the correct genus for this group in NA.)

mordax Walkenaer 1837


Underlined species were not found in Arkansas in the extensive Dorris survey. They are shown to be in Arkansas on other internet sources despite this. State listings where shown are from internet sources. Some names are linked to internet images where available.