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May 10, 2012 7:28 AM

Spider - Coral Bay Cyprus

Hello guys. Loong time no see.

This one i found when i was trying to repair two tiles that was loose on my pool.


Is this some a false widow spider?  ( Found between tiles around a pool ).

it had a lot of spiderlings and they actualy looked like brown widow spiders, and everything about it makes me beleve its in the widow / false widow family.

 

So my question is..  what is this? 

 

-Zyr

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    May 10, 2012 8:35 AM (in response to Zyriak)
    Re: Spider - Coral Bay Cyprus

    Hi, welcome back

     

    I suspect this is Steatoda paykulliana. See -

    http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxonimage/id113960/

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    May 10, 2012 10:11 AM (in response to Zyriak)
    Re: Spider - Coral Bay Cyprus

    Yes, Steatoda paykulliana. I have one here in the UK that I have reared from a spidering found on grapes in my home last year. Interestingly the band around the front of the abdomen starts off silver, then turns gold-ish before turning this red colour as they mature. They can bite if accidently or unwisely handled and symptoms appear a little worse than other Steatoda species, notably Steatoda nobilis.

     

    It is a common and widespread species in southern Europe - and will probably establish in the UK eventually.

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