THERIDIIDAE - COMB-FOOTED SPIDER

FACT FILE - 321

Family

Theridiidae

Species

Steatoda capensis
Hahn, 1990

Body Length

Female: 7-8.8 mm
Male: 5.7 - 7.2 mm

Habitat

Found under logs and in dark places.

Toxicity

The bite is not harmful, but it stings and the area bitten aches for an hour. It may also cause headaches or nausea. Small blisters may occur around the bite site. (http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/spiders/false-katipo-spider.html)


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Male

3213

Male. Facing view.

3214

Male palps.

3215

Immature female.

Distribution: St. Helena, South Africa, Lesotho, New Zealand. This is a South African spider, but has a wide distribution in Australia.