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Common House Spider (Black)

Parasteatoda tepidariorum


These spiders are found in abundance here along the trail around Kinabalu Park. There are 2 color variation occurring among these spiders here - black (like this spotting) and orange (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/195...). About 8mm in length for this female. They will drop from their web when threatened, and lay motionlessly with their legs folded in to pretend it's dead. When it does that, it will looks like a small seed, further making other animals uninterested in it.


This species usually build tangled webs in or near human dwellings. These spiders that I have found built their webs under the wooden railings of Kinabalu Park, Kundasang, Sabah.


I cannot believe how widespread this spider species is - from Northeast America, over Europe until West Australia. It is not found back in the lowland Tawau city, maybe because it still prefer living in areas with a cooler temperature like here in Kundasang. >>>Map accuracy : 1km diameter.

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ChunXingWong 6 years ago

Thanks for your lovely comments, Jolly Ibanez.

Jolly Ibanez
Jolly Ibanez 6 years ago

Very nice Chun

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Sabah, Malaysia

Lat: 6.01, Long: 116.54

Spotted on Dec 16, 2009
Submitted on Mar 31, 2013

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