Pardosa is a large genus of wolf spiders, commonly known as the thin-legged wolf spiders. It was first described by C. L. Koch, in 1847, with more than 500 described species that are found in all regions of the world.

Little Banded Wolf Spider (Pardosa modica) - Guelph, Ontario 2017-04-09.jpg
Pardosa modica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Lycosidae
Genus: Pardosa
C. L. Koch, 1847
Type species
Lycosa alacris
C. L. Koch, 1833

Pardosa species list

520 species
Pardosa sp. with egg sac
Female with egg sac


THey are small to medium size wolf spiders, with clear and median and lateral bands on the carapace. They have relatively long legs with long spines on the foot.[1] Which can be used to quickly identify some species.


As of November 2022 this genus contains 534 species:

Dubious namesEdit

Nomina dubia (dubious names) include:[2]

  • Pardosa bernensis (Lebert, 1877)
  • Pardosa kratochvili (Kolosváry, 1934)
  • Pardosa palliclava (Strand, 1907)


  1. ^ "wolf spider | Size, Eyes, & Facts | Britannica". Retrieved 2022-11-08.
  2. ^ "Gen. Pardosa C. L. Koch, 1847", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2021-01-14