H-^a^tilla Mua COMP. zoou ^trS 1964 HARVARD UNlVERStTX Peabody Museum of Natural History Yale University Number 82 .June 5, 19fi4 New Haven. Conn. A TAXONOMIC RKMSIOX OF THE DISTIXCTA GROUP OF THE WOLF SPn)KR GEMS PAUDOSA IX AMERICA NORTH OF MEXICO (ARANEIDA, LYCOSIDAE) Beatrice R. Vogel^ Univershy of Colorado Museum, Boulder, Colorado INTRODUCTION The distinct a gi-oup of tlie genus Pardosa in America north of Mexico is a group of six closely related species. Their phy-letic relationshi}) is indicated by similar color pattern and geni-tal morphology, and five of the six species occupy the "same" habitat. Five of the species, P. montgomeryi, P. orophila, P. utahensis, P. xerophila and P. yavapa are found in the Rocky Mountain states from New Mexico north through Wyoming. P. distincta is found throughout the Rocky Mountains, includ-ing Canada, and eastward to New England. While P. distincta is one of the most frequently encountered Pardosa species in the Rocky Mountains, the other five species of the group are rarely seen because of their size and restricted choice of habitat. This paper is a taxonomic review of the group. 1 Present address: Department of Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.