Australian redback spider
Redback spider
Theridiidae - Latrodectus hasselti

What does it look like?

The redback spider Latrodectus hasselti is native to Australia. It is easily recognisable by its black body (occasionally brownish) with prominent red/orange stripe on its abdomen. The red/orange strip on its abdomen distinguishes it from the false katipo spider. Redback spider females measure about 1 cm in body length while the male is smaller being only 3 to 4 mm in body length.

Webs consist of a tangled, funnel-like upper retreat area from which vertical, sticky catching threads run to ground attachments. The redback spider favours proximity to human habitation, with webs being built in dry, sheltered sites, such as among rocks, in logs, shrubs, junk-piles, sheds, or toilets. Redback Spiders are less common in winter months.

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