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Jun 25, 2014 5:11 PM

Help in identifying this spider please



I found this spider (see attached photo) on a rotting log at Hatfield Moor nr Doncaster.   Hatfield Moor is a former site of large scale peat extraction which is currently being restored and the log itself was lying on a bed of moist peat through which vegetation was beginning to reestablish itself.


I think that is a member of the Lycosidae family of spiders, but I do not know which species.  I also assume that, because it appears to be carrying an egg sac in its spinnerets, that it is female.  I would be grateful therefore, if you would identify the family, species and if possible the sex of this specimen.




Derek P

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    Jun 25, 2014 9:03 PM (in response to DerekP)
    Re: Help in identifying this spider please

    Yes, it's a wolf spider (lycosid) and I'm almost sure it's a Pardosa spcies. But beyond that I'm much less sure. Maybe P. saltans but really identifying most lycosids is a microscope job.


    Yes, it's the females that carry the egg sacs. As with most other spiders you can distinguish adult males by their conspicuously clubbed palps.

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