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Adelocosa anops
(Lycosidae)

Kauai cave wolf spider

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The Kauai cave wolf spider is so well adapted to cave life that it, like other cave animals, has completely lost its eyes, giving it the often used alias the "no-eyed, big-eyed wolf spider." Like all spiders, they are venomous, however their venom is of use only on small prey animals. They reach the size of a fifty cent piece, and are completely harmless to people. 


Species description or overview

USFWS species report on Adelocosa anops
The is available online. A general description of the organism and information about its distribution in the U.S. (including territories and national wildlife refuges) is presented by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, along with links to other documentation regarding federal (endangered/threatened) status, recovery information, and additional resources.

Good guy: Kauai cave wolf spider
Endangered Adelocosa anops lacks eyes and is only found in the dark zone of caves in the Koloa region of Kauai.

Kauai cave arthropods overview View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
An overview of Kauai's cave spider and amphipod is provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (Hawaii's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, 2005).


Taxonomy & nomenclature

Adelocosa anops information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Adelocosa anops, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


Federal endangered/threatened status

USFWS species report on Adelocosa anops
The is available online. A general description of the organism and information about its distribution in the U.S. (including territories and national wildlife refuges) is presented by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, along with links to other documentation regarding federal (endangered/threatened) status, recovery information, and additional resources.

Adelocosa anops species profile from USFWS
A species profile for Adelocosa anops is provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, including links to information regarding the federal endangered/threatened status of this species.


Recovery & restoration

Kauai cave wolf spider (Adelocosa anops) status review View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The five year review of population and threats indicates that the Kauai cave wolf spider is still in danger of extinction and warrants the classification of endangered status (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2006).


Images

Good guy: Kauai cave wolf spider
Endangered Adelocosa anops lacks eyes and is only found in the dark zone of caves in the Koloa region of Kauai.


In the news

Night-flying creatures face a scary future
Native Hawaiian owls, bats, and spiders are threatened with extinction (Star Bulletin, 10/30/2007).


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