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Life Science Identifier (LSID):

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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Terrestrial Habitats

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    Source: Australian Insect Common Names


Features: The red and glossy black colour pattern of the female Redback Spider (about 10 mm in body length) makes it easily recognisable, although a duller lighter brownish -body and orange-yellow stripe colour is sometimes seen. The red stripe may be whole or broken and flanked by fine white lines. ... source: Australian Biological Resources Study - Species Bank

Online resources

Aus Wild Life
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Australian Biological Resources Study - Species Bank
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Citizen Science
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Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – terrestrial invertebrates
Brief description: Black spider with a red stripe on top of the abdomen and a red hour-glass marking underneath.
Description : Spider dark brown to black with a small cephalothorax and large round abdomen. Red hour-glass marking underneath the abdomen and a wide, red stripe at back of the abdomen. Juveniles have additional white markings. Body up to 0.4 cm long (male), 1 cm long (female).
Biology : Redbacks rarely leave their web and, if threatened, fall to the bottom of the web and pretend to be dead. They only bite if touched and usually feed on insects.
Habitat: Most areas, including near buildings.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Invertebrates
Dangerous: Bite can be highly venomous. Symptoms include localised increasing pain and sweating at the bite site, muscular weakness, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting and convulsions.
Colours: black red
Distribution: Mainland Australia and Tasmania.
Habitat types: Terrestrial
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Catriona McPhee / Museum Victoria

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Latrodectus hasseltii


Synonyms Source
Latrodectus scelio Thorell, 1870 Thorell, 1870 Thorell, 1870
Published in: Thorell, T. 1870. Araneae nonnullae Novae Hollandiae, descriptae. Ofvers. K. Vetensk.-Akad. Forh. Stockh. Vol. 27 pp. 367-389
Theridium melanozantha Urquhart, 1887 Urquhart, 1887 Urquhart, 1887
Published in: Urquhart, A.T. 1887. On new species of Araneida. Trans. N.Z. Inst. Vol. 19 pp. 72-118
Theridium zebrinia Urquhart, 1890 Urquhart, 1890 Urquhart, 1890
Published in: Urquhart, A.T. 1890. Descriptions of new species of Araneidae. Trans. N.Z. Inst. Vol. 22 pp. 239-266
Latrodectus scelio indicus Simon, 1897 Simon, 1897 Simon, 1897
Published in: Simon, E. 1897. Arachnides recueillis par M. M. Maindron à Mascate, en octobre 1896. Bull. Mus. Natl Hist. Nat. Paris Vol. 1897 pp. 95-98
Latrodectus ancorifer Dahl, 1902 Dahl, 1902 Dahl, 1902
Published in: Dahl, F. 1902. Über algebrochene Copulationsorgane männlicher Spinnen im Körper der Weibchen. Sber. Ges. Naturf. Freunde Berl. Vol. 1902 pp. 36-45
Latrodectus hasselti aruensis Strand, 1911 Strand, 1911 Strand, 1911
Published in: Strand, E. 1911. Araneae von den Aru- und Kei-Inseln. Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges. Vol. 34 pp. 129-199

Common Names

Common name Source
Red-back Spider
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Jockey Spider
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Redback Spider
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Working classification

Latrodectus hasseltii  Recorded in Australia

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