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Black Widow Spider

Latrodectus sp

Description:

Does anyone recognise this species? I found it in an arid region of the Andes; it had "glued" grass stems together forming a dome-shaped structure in which it built its web, the entrance was round and lined with silk; it first caught my attention because it looked like the entrance of a tarantula burrow, upon closer inspection I saw the inhabitant (latrodectus?). Unfortunately, I was unable to see its underside.

Habitat:

Arid region in the Andes, at about 1500m above sea level, in an area called "Desierto de Jubones".

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5 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thank you Heather, it seems difficult indeed. I'll leave the species out for now.

Heather R
Heather R 4 years ago

Latrodectus species

According to the scientists on this site, Latrodectus is extremely difficult to i.d. down to species in Ecuador.

https://www.researchgate.net/post/Can_an...

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thanks Hema. However, I'm leaning more toward mactans without being quite sure...

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

Latrodectus curacaviensis?

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

San Sebasti√°n de Yuluc, Loja, Ecuador

Spotted on Sep 7, 2015
Submitted on Aug 17, 2016

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