Subject: Huge crab-shell shaped spider in Ecuador’s Andes Mountains
Location: Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador (Andes Mountains)
May 1, 2014 4:52 am
A few months ago while on a hike in the Andes we spotted a large spider hole – with this huge spider inside. The crab-shell shape was a first for us. One of our readers suggested that it’s a Ancylometes (giant fishing spider).
We have a video of the spider in the url below – and we would love to know something about it.
Thanks so much!
Signature: Bryan Haines
Based on the eye pattern (see BugGuide), we believe this is a Wolf Spider in the family Lycosidae. Large individuals might bite, but they are not considered dangerous. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a comment with a genus or species name.
2 thoughts on “Wolf Spider from Ecuador”
The species is Lycosa erythrognatha
Thanks for this identification Roberto. We will be returning to our office tomorrow and we will search for some links.