Picture ID 171171

Picture of unidentified spider
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  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2022
  • Photographed: Dec 22, 2022
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Hawi, Hawaii, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Under rock, log, or debris
  • Found in web?: No
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Sure looks like a black widow to me


Welcome @Tfrohling All assistance in keeping up with info requests is very appreciated! SpiderID is collaboration of worldwide volunteers. I think this is a False Widow, Steatoda bipunctata. This introduced species is theoretically harmful to the native Black Widows, Latrodectus mactans, by occupying the same niche in the environment. Note the pairs of dimples on the abdomen of the spider. They’re called apodemes. They are,internally, points of attachment for the spider’s muscles. They’re quite visible on S. bipunctata, not so much on L. mactans. That’s why I’m choosing to guess that this is S. bipunctata, a Rabbit Hutch Spider. Identification… Read more »


I’m leaning on your side. This is probably Steatoda 97% chance. From viewing hundreds of Steatodas and hundreds of Latrodectus the physical structure in many ways (including how the pair of L1 legs are positioned – all say Steatoda. Even the Cephalothorax area

I pick up Black Widows with very mild nervousness and would have no problem at all picking this up the proper way and allowing it to stay on my hand. Fat thing!!!

Last edited 1 month ago by greenvilleeee