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Steatoda species?

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Species:
Steatoda species? (QM)
Family:
Theridiidae(?)
Body length:
female: about 4 mm
male: 3.5 mm
Habitat:
This species typically makes a small tangled web and associated retreat on the underside of large pieces of eucalypt bark that are lying in forest leaf litter
Toxicity:
This species may be too small to harm any human
Steatoda species?
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View from above
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Female from front
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Underneath spiders

Note: the identification of this spider as a theridiid is very tentative. It does not closely resemble the known members of any other Australian spider family but its general shape is similar to that of Steatoda grossa and the red sections on the legs is present on Steatoda photos currently available on the internet.

The presence of five short but stout spines on the underside of an outer segment of the first pair of legs on the male (only) may be a useful identifying character of this species.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: some other small spiders with an 'average' body shape.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 19 April 2017.