Picture ID 28887

Picture of unidentified spider

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Kinda think it looks like a False Widow, but I'm not in the UK, and that seems to be where they're usually found. It's VERY hard to see, but it does have the skinniest, faintest white line down the back of the abdomen, and one wrapped around the outside like a belt. The legs appear to be two-toned.

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  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2018
  • Photographed: Aug 16, 2018
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Maryland, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Sink or bathtub
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Hi, you pretty much figured it out already. It is genus Steatoda, which are generally called false widows. The real widows are genus Latrodectus. I photographed one yesterday in New Hampshire that is Steatoda triangulosa. It had banded two-tone legs and the markings on the abdomen looked like your description until I saw it magnified. so, I’m going with Steatoda species. These are cool, they have strong venom but they won’t or can’t bite you. I read that there is only one scientifically recorded case of someone ever being bitten by S. triangulosa. Meanwhile, these little spiders kill and eat… Read more »