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(False Widows)

Picture ID 192889

Picture of Steatoda (False Widows)
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  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2023
  • Photographed: Dec 27, 2023
  • Spider: Steatoda (False Widows)
  • Location: Egypt
  • Spotted Indoors: Sink or bathtub
  • Found in web?: No
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This looks like a male Steatoda triangulosa…


I’m going to file it as Steatoda, there are a few possibilities for species. Here’s a basic cheat sheet: The World Spider Catalog has basic ranges for species, they haven’t had time to be thorough with everywhere I species is known to live. Some kind person put everything in the WSC into Wikipedia at every taxon. It is an easy way to find the range of a species and to find what species are on a continent. There is one listed here specific to Egypt, I haven’t checked it. My household S. triangulosa are extremely variable in their markings… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by TangledWeb

I remember you posted a picture of your little male S. triangulosa. There had been a few very similar US photos submitted to the site in the previous few months that had puzzled the hell out of me. I had a light bulb moment when you posted. I realised subsequently that the males tend to have a whiter background on average than the females. You are right to call this one species. There are a few Steatoda species listed for Egypt that I can’t find good pictures for. They could be similar to this one.

Last edited 6 months ago by Nod

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