Hogna cinica (Tongiorgi, 1977:121)

Prosperous Bay Plain wolf spider



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Isohogna cinica Tongiorgi, 1977:121


Conservation Status


Last record: 1967

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)


Only ever collected twice by the Belgians (Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium) in November 1965 and March 1967 (White et al., 2019). Targeted surveys in 2003 and 2005-2006 failed to find any individuals (Ashmole & Ashmole, 2004; Mendel et al., 2008/2013; White et al., 2019).



Prosperous Bay Plain, coastal north-east St. Helena, South Atlantic Ocean


Biology & Ecology

An arid-adapted species.



Holotype: female (collected 14 November 1965)






Original scientific description:

Tongiorgi, P. (1977). Lycosidae. In: Basilewsky, P. (Ed.). La faune terrestre de l'île de Sainte-Hélène. Quatrième partie. Annales du Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Zoologie. 220: 105-125.


Other references:

Ashmole, N. P. and Ashmole, M. J. (2004). The invertebrates of Prosperous Bay Plain, St Helena. Report commissioned by the St Helena Government.

Brignoli, P. M. (1983). A catalogue of the Araneae described between 1940 and 1981. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Cairns-Wicks, Rebecca, Jervois, M. and Kindemba, V. (2016). St. Helena Invertebrate Conservation Strategy 2016-2021. St. Helena National Trust, Environmental Management Division of St. Helena Government, and Buglife.

Mendel, H., Ashmole, N. P. and Ashmole, Myrtle J. (2008/2013). Invertebrates of the Central Peaks and Peak Dale, St Helena. Commissioned by the St Helena National Trust, Jamestown, St Helena.

Sherwood, Danniella, Henrard, Arnaud, Logunov, Dmitri V. and Fowler, Liza. (2023). Saint Helenian wolf spiders, with description of two new genera and three new species (Araneae: Lycosidae). Arachnology 19(5): 816-851 [830-831].

White, L., Pryce, D., Wilkins, V. L. and Dutton, A.-J. (2019). Hogna cinica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T65894025A67528113. Accessed on 09 July 2022.


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