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Steatoda livens

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Steatoda livens (QM)
Body length:
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
Steatoda livens
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View from above
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Female from front

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.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 5 May 2017.