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Dec 15, 2013 11:19 PM

What spider is this?

I found this spider in my living room this evening, worried it may be a false widow? Thanks!

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    Dec 15, 2013 11:37 PM (in response to Lmataylor)
    Re: What spider is this?

    Hi Lmataylor,

     

    #Most likely candidate is a cupboard spider (Steatoda grossa), one of the false widow species.

     

    They largely stay hidden, preferring quieter, darker places. I mostly see wandering males, on the hunt for a mate.

     

    Their behaviour (shy, docile) means that we are unlikely to clash, but they have been implicated in bites. It is not dangerous, but I wouldn't want to put a bite to the test. I just remove any from the bedroom/bathroom, I let them be elsewhere. If you're worried about potential bites, put it outside.

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