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Red house spider

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Species:
Nesticodes rufipes (QM)
Family:
Theridiidae
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: about 3 mm
Habitat:
This species builds a small, tangled web in dark corners if inside a house or under rims of garden pots and similar structures; its round egg sac is often found nearby, the web also serving as a retreat
Toxicity:
This species is said to be capable of causing some local pain and accidental bitings may occur in the same manner as for the redback spider Latrodectus hasseltii
Nesticodes rufipes
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Side view
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In its web
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Another female

The main distinguishing characteristics of this theridiid are the dark brown and slightly mottled, globular abdomen and the red-brown colour of the legs and front half of the spider.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 10 December 2007.