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Steatoda livens (QM)
female: about 7 mm|
male: 5 mm
This species typically makes a small tangled web and associated retreat on the underside of large pieces of eucalypt bark or in crevices under large rocks
This species may be too small to harm any human
Note: The identification of this spider is not entirely certain. Its general shape is similar to that of Steatoda grossa and
it almost exactly matches Steatoda livens as presented on the Tasmanian Spiders website except that it was found near Newcastle NSW rather than in Tasmania
and its abdominal surfaces have a light pattern of white spots which the Tasmanian spider lacks. It was originally mentioned as Ancocoelus livens in the
following paper: Levi WH and Levi LR (1962) "The genera of the spider Family Theridiidae" in Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College
127, pages 1-71. However, even Levi and Levi recognized that Ancocoelus is a synonym for Steatoda and the World Spider Catalog recognizes only the
name Steatoda livens. Of course it is possible that the species shown on this page is not Steatoda livens but a very closely related species instead.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other theridiids with a nearly globular abdomen.
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Last updated 5 May 2017.