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Parasteatoda decorata

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Species:
Parasteatoda decorata
(This identification is based on direct advice provided by theridiid specialists Helen Smith and Greg Anderson, but see notes below)
Previous species name:
Achaearanea decorata
Family:
Theridiidae
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: about 3 mm
Habitat:
This spider normally lives in a dry leaf and tangled web, usually suspended in a fork of a tree branch or loose bark
Toxicity:
Both sexes of this species may be too small to cause more than mild illness in humans but they should still be handled with caution
Parasteatoda decorata
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Another view
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From above
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Oblique view
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With egg sac
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From above
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Oblique view
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The male

The spider presented on this page has abdominal markings quite similar to those of Nihonhimea mundula but this species is not considered to be present in Australia, although it is recorded for countries to the north of Australia, including New Guinea and New Caledonia.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Latrodectus hasseltii.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 20 May 2018.