#Biodiversity150 number 57 of 150 Rustic wolf spider

57/150: Providing A Good Start: The unique parental care of Wolf Spiders

Animalia: Arthropoda: Arachnida: Araneae: Lycosidae: Trochosa: Trochosa ruricola (De Geer, 1778)

The Rustic Wolf Spider belongs to the family Lycosidae, and is known for its keen eyesight and skilled hunting. They occur in a wide range of habitats, including grasslands, woodlands, and scrubs across the globe. While many spiders lay their eggs and leave them be, wolf spiders will go the extra mile to protect their young. The mother encases her eggs in a silk globe, which she then hangs from her spinnerets, allowing her to keep a close eye on them. To ensure the globe doesn’t get damaged, the mother raises her abdomen to keep it off the ground. Despite their need to hold such an odd position, expecting females are still very impressive hunters! After the eggs hatch, the young spiders pack themselves onto their mother’s abdomen, where they continue to enjoy her protection for a while longer. There are 164 Rustic Wolf Spiders with barcodes on BOLD. #Canada150 #Biodiversity150

A female Rustic Wolf Spider crawling across a rock. Photo Credit: Donald Hobern goo.gl/mpsJsS
Specimen BIOUG00618-C07 – Point Pelee National Park – 29-Jun-2010 – Pitfall Trap. Photo Credit: Gergin Blagoev, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics

Here’s the barcode sequence information for this species:

Process ID:  PPELE264-11

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Visual representation of DNA barcode sequence for Rustic wolf spider

Learn more about it’s BIN (Barcode Index Number): BOLD:AAB0726

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