Female Geolycosa sp. on egg-sac, copyright Fir0002.

Belongs within: Lycosidae.
Contains: Venatrix, Pardosa, Trochosa, Lycosa, Alopecosa.

The Lycosinae is a group of wolf spiders characterised by male pedipalps bearing a transverse tegular apophysis carrying a ventrally directed spur and a sinuous channel on its dorsal surface (Framenau 2006). Members of this group include the burrowing wolf spiders of the genus Geolycosa, which ambush prey directly from the burrow rather than emerging to hunt in the open in the manner of other wolf spiders. The cosmopolitan genus Hogna includes the largest of wolf spiders, with some species reaching over an inch in length. Hoggicosa is a genus of large wolf spiders found in arid regions of Australia, some species of which exhibit a strong dimorphism in colour pattern between males and females (Langlands & Framenau 2010). The northern Australian genus Tuberculosa is distinguished by the presence in males of a field of modified, tubercle-like setae on the underside of the third coxa (Framenau & Yoo 2006).

<==Lycosinae FL13
    |--+--Venatrix PY07
    |  `--+--Pardosa PY07
    |     `--‘Alopecosa’ cinnameopilosa PY07
    `--+--+--Trochosa PY07
       |  `--+--+--Lycosa PY07
       |     |  `--Varacosa Chamberlin & Ivie 1942 PY07, VMP02
       |     |       `--V. avara (Keyserling 1877) VMP02
       |     `--+--Dingosa Roewer 1955 LF10, FL13
       |        |    |--D. serrata (Koch 1877) LF10
       |        |    `--D. simsoni (Simon 1898) LF10
       |        `--+--Geolycosa Montgomery 1904 PY07, FL13
       |           |    |--G. dunini Zyuzin & Logunov 2000 MGK03
       |           |    |--G. goderffroyi K90
       |           |    |--G. hubbelli Wallace 1942 LF10
       |           |    |--G. kijabica (Strand 1916) [=Tarentula kijabica, Scaptocosa kijabica] J98
       |           |    |--G. missouriensis (Banks 1895) LF10
       |           |    |--G. rafaelana Cr90
       |           |    |--G. rogersi Wallace 1942 VMP02
       |           |    `--G. wrightii K90
       |           `--Mainosa Framenau 2006 FL13
       |                `--M. longipes (Koch 1878) LF10
       `--Alopecosa PY07

Lycosinae incertae sedis:
  Hogna Simon 1885 FL13
    |--*H. radiata (Latreille 1817) LF10 [=Lycosa radiata MGK03]
    |--H. alticeps (Kroneberg 1875) [=Tarentula alticeps, Lycosa alticeps] MGK03
    |--H. bergsoei (Thorell 1875) [=Alopecosa bergsoei] MGK03
    |--H. birabenae (Mello-Leitão 1941) [=Birabenia birabenae] Ca90
    |--H. crispipes (Koch 1877) FL13 [incl. Geolycosa tongatabuensis (Strand 1911) PVD10]
    |--H. exigua (Roewer 1960) [=Hoggicosa exigua, Lycosa exigua] LF10
    |--H. gumia (Petrunkevitch 1911) FM11
    |--H. ingens (Blackwall 1857) JD-S07
    |--H. kuyani Framenau, Gotch & Austin 2007 LF10
    |--H. lenta (Hentz 1844) [=Lycosa lenta] SB14
    |--H. ocellata (Koch 1878) [=Lycosa ocellata, Arctosa ocellata] MGK03
    |--H. sternalis (Bertkau 1880) FM11
    `--H. yauliensis (Strand 1908) [=Tarentula yauliensis, Lynxosa yauliensis] J98
  Tuberculosa Framenau & Yoo 2006 FL13
    |--T. monteithi Framenau & Yoo 2006 FY06
    `--+--T. hoggi (Framenau & Vink 2001) [=Venatrix hoggi] FY06
       `--+--*T. harveyi Framenau & Yoo 2006 FY06
          `--T. austini Framenau & Yoo 2006 FY06
  Hoggicosa Roewer 1960 FL13
    |  i. s.: H. natashae Langlands & Framenau 2010 LF10
    |--H. wolodymyri Langlands & Framenau 2010 LF10
    `--+--H. forresti (McKay 1973) [=Lycosa forresti] LF10
       `--+--+--H. castanea (Hogg 1905) (see below for synonymy) LF10
          |  |--H. alfi Langlands & Framenau 2010 LF10
          |  `--H. duracki (McKay 1975) [=Lycosa duracki] LR10
          `--+--H. brennani Langlands & Framenau 2010 LF10
             `--+--H. storri (McKay 1973) [=Lycosa storri] LF10
                `--+--H. bicolor (McKay 1973) [=Lycosa bicolor, Allocosa bicolor] LF10
                   `--H. snelli (McKay 1975) [=Lycosa snelli] LF10
  Tasmanicosa Roewer 1959 FY06 [incl. Orthocosa Roewer 1960 (n. n.) FL13]
    `--*T. tasmanica (Hogg 1905) LF10
  Venator Hogg 1900 FL13
    |--*V. spenceri Hogg 1900 LF10
    `--‘Hogna’ immansueta (Simon 1909) LF10
  Hippasa Simon 1885 F07
    `--H. greenalliae (Blackw. 1867) (see below for synonymy) K92
  Tapetosa Framenau, Main et al. 2009 FL13
    `--*T. darwini Framenau, Main et al. 2009 FM09
  Pavocosa Roewer 1960 FY06
    `--P. gallopavo (Mello-Leitão 1941) LF10
  Costacosa Framenau & Leung 2013 FL13
    |--*C. torbjorni Framenau & Leung 2013 FL13
    `--C. dondalei Framenau & Leung 2013 FL13
  Knoelle Framenau 2006 FL13
    `--*K. clara (Koch 1877) [=Lycosa clara, Allocosa clara] F06
  Cynosa Caporiacco 1933 FL13
  Orinocosa Chamberlin 1916 FL13
  Rabidosa punctulata (Hentz 1844) LF10, SB14
  Allocosa Banks 1900 PY07, VMP02 (see below for synonymy)
    |--‘Glieschiella’ alticeps Mello-Leitão 1944 Ca90
    |--‘Moenkhausiana’ argentinensis Mello-Leitão 1938 (n. d.) Ca90
    |--A. brasiliensis (Petrunkevitch 1910) (see below for synonymy) Ca90
    |--A. funerea Ca90
    |--A. georgicola (Walckenaer 1837) VMP02
    |--*Glieschiella’ halophila Mello-Leitão 1932 (n. d.) Ca90
    |--A. hasseltii F06
    |--A. mutillata Ca90
    |--A. palabunda (Koch 1877) [=Lycosa palabunda] E07
    |--A. paraguayensis Ca90
    |--‘Glieschiella’ senex Mello-Leitão 1945 Ca90
    `--A. tuberculipalpa JD-S07

Allocosa Banks 1900 PY07, VMP02 [incl. Glieschiella Mello-Leitão 1932 Ca90, Moenkhausiana Ca90; Allocosinae]

Allocosa brasiliensis (Petrunkevitch 1910) [=*Moenkhausiana brasiliensis; incl. Araucaniocosa difficilis Mello-Leitão 1951] Ca90

Hippasa greenalliae (Blackw. 1867) [=Lycosa greenalliae; incl. Pirata agelenoides Simon 1884, Diapontia agalenoides] K92

Hoggicosa castanea (Hogg 1905) [=Lycosa castanea, Allocosa castanea; incl. L. errans Hogg 1905, *H. errans; incl. L. perinflata Pulleine 1922, L. skeeti Pulleine 1922] LF10

*Type species of generic name indicated


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