Arachnids of North Carolina
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Geolycosa pikei (Marx, 1881) - a burrowing wolf spider



Female in burrow

Female

Male
Taxonomy
Order: ARANEAEInfraorder: ARANEOMORPHAEFamily: LYCOSIDAE                                                                                 
Identification
Online Description/Photos: BugGuide, Google Images, Wikipedia
Comments: Male: dorsal stripe as wide as posterior eye quadrangle behind the posterior lateral eyes, narrows to the cervical groove and is indistinct from there posteriorly; carapace covered with gray pubescence where it has not been rubbed. Carapace longer than wide (7.4 mm./5.3 mm).behind. Venter slightly dusky, almost unmarked; patellae and tibiae I and II quite dark beneath, almost black; femora I and II somewhat lighter than tibia I; coxae I and II, sternum, labium, endites, and metatarsi I and II. Female: and indistinct from darker than dorsal stripe. dark markings. Venter dusky distal three-fourths of metatarsus than tibia I; coxae
Distribution in North Carolina
Comments: Atlantic coast from Maine to Georgia, and adjacent islands.
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Adult phenology:
 High Mountains (HM) ‚Č• 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Coastal sand dunes, but also away from coast.
Observation Methods:
Abundance/Frequency: Uncommon. Matures in August and September, both sexes pass the winter half grown and do not mature until late and the fertilized females live over a second winter and lay eggs in May and June. Young remain a long time with the mother, in one case as late as September.
Behavior: Does not build a "turret" top to their burrows like others in the genus.
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: [GNR] S3S4
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Photo Gallery for Geolycosa pikei - a burrowing wolf spider

Recorded by: R.E. Thomas
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: J. A. Anderson
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: J. A. Anderson
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Matt Windsor
Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Ciarrocca fide Brian Bockhahn
New Hanover Co.
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