Male Artoria cingulipes, copyright Volker Framenau.

Belongs within: Lycosidae.

The Artoriinae are a group of wolf spiders found in Australasia and insular southeast Asia, characterised by male pedipalps bearing a distinct apophysis at the base of the embolus. Members of the subfamily vary from small to large in size, and the shape of the basoembolic apophysis may vary from thin and lamellar to strongly sclerotised (Framenau 2007).

More wolfies
Published 8 June 2010
Artoria mckayi, an inhabitant of alpine gravel river banks in eastern Australia. Photo by D. Paul.

Wolf spiders, or “wolfies” as I tend to refer to them, were previously covered here in an earlier post. The subject of today’s post is one of the specific subgroups of wolf spiders, the Artoriinae.

Though one of primary assemblages of wolf spiders in the Australian region, the Artoriinae were only formally established as a distinct group in 2007 (Framenau 2007). The group had previously been identified in molecular phylogenies as an unnamed clade sister to the combined clade of the subfamilies Lycosinae and Pardosinae. At least one morphological character has also been identified supporting the clade, the presence of a basal apophysis (side-branch) on the embolus, the intromittent part of the male’s copulatory pedipalp.

A Tetralycosa specimen captured in the Great Victoria Desert. Photo by June Hudson.

Artoriinae are primarily restricted to Australia and the Pacific islands except for Artoria parvula which is found from northern Australia to the Philippines. Inclusion of the Sumatran Lycosella tenera is contingent on whether or not it is truly congeneric with Hawaiian Lycosella species (Framenau 2007) while three African species listed in Artoria by Platnick’s World Spider Catalog owe their position to Carl-Friedrich Roewer, whose classification of wolf spiders is generally regarded as unmitigated bollocks, and require a second look. More recently, it was suggested that the South American genera Lobizon and Navira may warrant consideration as possible artoriines (Piacentini & Grismado 2009). Framenau (2007) placed eight genera in the Artoriinae (including Lycosella) plus two probable undescribed genera; Framenau’s (2007) “new genus 2” has since been dubbed Kangarosa* (Framenau 2010).

*One of the new Kangarosa species was named by Volker Framenau after his recently born son, placing Yannick Framenau in an exclusive club of people to have a new species named after them before they’ve even completed toilet training.

Lobizon corondaensis, an Argentinian species that may or may not be related to the Artoriinae. From Piacentini & Grismado (2009). ‘Lobizón’ is apparently Spanish for ‘werewolf’.

Like other wolf spiders, artoriines are mostly conservative in their overall appearance. They do exhibit a reasonable size range, from the 2.6 mm Artoria palustris to 25 mm Tetralycosa species. Males of the South-West Australian species Artoria schizocoides possess a unique brush of spatulate setae on the underside of the first tibia (Framenau & Hebets 2007). The members of the genus Tetralycosa are burrowing species that are invariably found in high salinity environments such as around salt lakes.

Systematics of Artoriinae
    |--+--Notocosa Vink 2002VMP02, F07
    |  |    `--*N. bellicosa (Goyen 1887) [=Pardosa bellicosa]F07
    |  `--Artoria Thorell 1877VMP02, F08 [incl. Lycosula Roewer 1960F07]
    |       |--*A. parvula Thorell 1877F08
    |       |--A. albopilata (Urquhart 1893)F07
    |       |--A. cingulipes Simon 1909F08
    |       |--A. flavimana Simon 1909F08
    |       |--A. hebridisiana (Berland 1938) [=Lycosula hebridisiana]F07
    |       |--A. hospita Vink 2002PVD10
    |       |--A. impedita (Simon 1909)FM09 [=Lycosa impeditaF07, Trochosa expolita impeditaF07]
    |       |--A. linnaei Framenau 2008F08
    |       |--A. minima (Berland 1938) [=Lycosula minima]F07
    |       |--A. segrega Vink 2002PVD10
    |       |--A. separata Vink 2002PVD10
    |       `--A. thorelli (Berland 1929) [=*Lycosula thorelli]F07
    `--Anoteropsis Koch 1878VMP02, F07
         |  i. s.: *A. flavescens Koch 1878F07
         |         A. aerescens (Goyen 1887)PVD10
         |         A. alpina Vink 2002PVD10
         |         A. arenivaga (de Dalmas 1917)PVD10
         |         A. blesti Vink 2002PVD10
         |         A. canescens (Goyen 1887)PVD10
         |         A. cantuaria Vink 2002PVD10
         |         A. forsteri Vink 2002PVD10
         |         A. hallae Vink 2002PD10
         |         A. hilaris (Koch 1877)PVD10
         |         A. insularis Vink 2002PVD10
         |         A. litoralis Vink 2002PVD10
         |         A. montana Vink 2002PVD10
         |         A. okatainae Vink 2002PVD10
         |         A. ralphi (Simon 1905)PVD10
         |         A. urquharti (Simon 1898)PVD10
         |         A. westlandica Vink 2002PVD10
         |--A. senica (Koch 1877)VMP02, PVD10
         `--+--A. adumbrata (Urquhart 1887)VMP02
            `--A. lacustris Vink 2002VMP02
Artoriinae incertae sedis:
  Artoriopsis Framenau 2007F07
    |--*A. expolita (Koch 1877) [=Lycosa expolita, Avicosa expolita, Schizocosa expolita, Trochosa expolita]F07
    |--A. anacardium Framenau 2007F07
    |--A. eccentrica Framenau 2007F07
    |--A. joergi Framenau 2007F07
    |--A. klausi Framenau 2007F07
    |--A. melissae Framenau 2007F07
    `--A. whitehouseae Framenau 2007F07
  Diahogna Roewer 1960F07
    `--*D. martensii (Karsch 1878) [=Lycosa martensii]F07
  Lycosella Thorell 1890F07
    `--*L. tenera Thorell 1890F07
  Syroloma Simon 1900F07
    `--*S. major Simon 1900F07
  Tetralycosa Roewer 1960F07
    |--T. oraria (Koch 1877)FL13 [incl. Lycosa meracula Simon 1909FL13, *T. meraculaF07]
    `--T. eyreiF07
  ‘Trochosa’ alboguttulata (Koch 1878)F07
  ‘Trochosa’ tristicula (Koch 1877)F07
  ‘Lycosa’ properipes Simon 1909F07

*Type species of generic name indicated


[F07] Framenau, V. W. 2007. Revision of the new Australian genus Artoriopsis in a new subfamily of wolf spiders, Artoriinae (Araneae: Lycosidae). Zootaxa 1391: 1–34.

[F08] Framenau, V. W. 2008. A new wolf spider species of the genus Artoria from Western Australia (Araneae: Lycosidae). Records of the Western Australian Museum 24 (4): 363–368.

Framenau, V. W. 2010. Revision of the new Australian wolf spider genus Kangarosa (Araneae: Lycosidae: Artoriinae). Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny 68 (1): 113–142.

Framenau, V. W., & E. A. Hebets. 2007. A review of leg ornamentation in male wolf spiders, with the description of a new species from Australia, Artoria schizocoides (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Arachnology 35 (1): 89–101.

[FL13] Framenau, V. W., & A. E. Leung. 2013. Costacosa, a new genus of wolf spider (Araneae, Lycosidae) from coastal north-west Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 83: 173–184.

[FM09] Framenau, V. W., B. Y. Main, M. S. Harvey & J. M. Waldock. 2009. Tapetosa, a new monotypic wolf spider genus from Western Australia (Araneae: Lycosidae: Lycosinae). Records of the Western Australian Museum 25 (3): 309–314.

[PVD10] Paquin, P., C. J. Vink & N. Dupérré. 2010. Spiders of New Zealand: annotated family key and species list. Manaaki Whenua Press: Lincoln (New Zealand).

Piacentini, L. N., & C. J. Grismado. 2009. Lobizon and Navira, two new genera of wolf spiders from Argentina (Araneae: Lycosidae). Zootaxa 2195: 1–33.

[VMP02] Vink, C. J., A. D. Mitchell & A. M. Paterson. 2002. A preliminary molecular analysis of phylogenetic relationships of Australasian wolf spider genera (Araneae, Lycosidae). Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 227–237.

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