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Red and Black Spider

Ambicodamus crinitus


Family: Nicodamidae. Despite the red colour of this spider its venom is not dangerous. At most, it may cause a local reaction around the bite site. Male: Similar to female. Female: Body and legs commonly bright red, abdomen black, but varying orange to dark red, sometimes with a bluish tinge


The redback spider is probably native to Australia; however, it has been suggested that it may have been spread to Australia by human activities, because it was first found at seaports.


Found whilst fungi finding - On a damp fallen tree near Mycena and moss

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CharliePrice 8 years ago

Atleast this red/black variety are relatively harmless :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

That's a cracker! I love the headlights on in pic 2. Aus has a whole lot of red and blacks.

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Chudleigh, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Aug 9, 2014
Submitted on Aug 15, 2014

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