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Latrodectus hasselti (QM)
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Latrodectus mactans hasselti (RM)
female: 12 mm|
male: 3 mm
Redgack spiders build untidy, tangled webs under ledges and in garden shrubs. The webs have no obvious pattern and are usually close to the ground and in contact with
it. Much of the time the females are in a retreat of dead leaves bound with silk and there are several round egg sacs nearby
Can cause death or serious illness, especially in the young and elderly
Redback spiders rarely become permanent residents of houses though they occasionally establish webs in open sheds. They can be found in poorly maintained lawns and in pumpkins and other broad-leafed vegetable crops. They are generally not common in eucalypt forests though in some forest areas the numbers have increased substantially in recent years.
The immature spiders vary in colour and this depends at least partly on how recently they have moulted. Males are very small and are rarely noticed.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Parasteatoda decorata.
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Last updated 9 February 2013.