Large Wolf Spider in Joshua Tree

Subject: Joshua Tree Spider
Location: Joshua Tree, CA
July 25, 2017 5:25 pm
Please help me identify this greyish spider that’s about the size of an open hand.
Signature: Matt

Wolf Spider

Dear Matt,
This looks like a large Wolf Spider, but we are not certain of the genus or species.  Wolf Spiders are hunting spiders that do not build webs.  Despite their large size, they are harmless.  We are going to attempt to contact Mandy Howe to see if she can provide a species identification.

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