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Sep 26, 2013 3:04 PM

Is this a false widow spider?

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    Sep 26, 2013 3:38 PM (in response to spider)
    Re: Is this a false widow spider?

    Hi Spider,

     

    This looks like Steatoda grossa, one of our indigenous false widow species. AKA cupboard spider & comb footed spider.

     

    Did you find her indoors?

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        Sep 26, 2013 5:26 PM (in response to spider)
        Re: Is this a false widow spider?

        They're pretty shy, I have them indoors but rarely see them (compared to other species). Easier to catch/find them outside & in sheds & out buildings, where they are less spooked by heavy footfall?

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          Sep 26, 2013 6:06 PM (in response to MWJB)
          Re: Is this a false widow spider?

          "I have them indoors but rarely see them..."

           

          Famous last words, eh?...Just found the 3rd S. grossa in a month, in my flat. :-)

           

          2 males & 1 female. The males are usually easier to see as they are more likely to be wandering about in search of a mate. But, the males are also less distinctive from a distance, unless you notice the black & white, checquer-like pattern on their backs (I had to stick this one under a magnifier to identify it), they have much smaller abdomens and can pass for many other male spiders at a distance/quick glance.

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