Steatoda capensis
(False Katipo Spider)

Featured spider picture The spider species Steatoda capensis, commonly known as False Katipo Spider, belongs to the genus Steatoda, in the family Theridiidae. Steatoda capensis spiders have been sighted 3 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Steatoda capensis includes 3 countries and 0 states in the United States. Steatoda capensis is most often sighted indoors, and during the month of March.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Theridiidae
  • Genus: Steatoda
  • Species: Steatoda capensis

Other Common Names

False Katipo spider, Black Cobweb Spider, False Widow Spider.


Hann, 1990

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Sightings Overview

There have been 3 confirmed sightings of Steatoda capensis (False Katipo Spider), with the most recent sighting submitted on May 11, 2018 by Spider ID member lankyhots. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 3 sightings because of certain Steatoda capensis sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 0% of the time, Steatoda capensis spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 3)
  • Sex: 0 female and 2 male.
  • Environment: Steatoda capensis has been sighted 1 times outdoors, and 2 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Under rock or debris (1).

Location and Range

Steatoda capensis (False Katipo Spider) has been sighted in the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.


Steatoda capensis has been primarily sighted during the month of March.

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  • March: 2
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  • May: 1
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