Latrodectus
(Widow Spiders)

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Picture of Latrodectus (Widow Spiders) - Dorsal
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ItsyBitsy
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Hi, this looks like a Red-back Spider (Latrodectus hasselti). Somewhat tentatively though because Latrodectus erythromelas is another I see listed for India and I don’t know what that looks like. It may or may not be similar…

ItsyBitsy
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I found a possible image of L. erythromelas. It is described as being smaller than L. hasselti with a wider and relatively shorter red stripe on the abdomen and lacking the hourglass on the ventral edit: which may only be the case on preserved specimens (still reading up on these). https://threatenedtaxa.org/index.php/JoTT/article/download/2380/3428/6213

ItsyBitsy
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I am thinking your spider might be L. erythromelas based on the shape of the red stripe compared to the examples I see of the two species.

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