Male, ventral + size
Female, ventral
Redback (Latrodectus hasseltii)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Comb-footed Spider (Theridiidae)
Species: Redback (Latrodectus hasseltii)
This Photo:     Female, posterior

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
A poisonous spider that can be lethal, but very, very rarely.
Poisoning usually occurs due to picking up material off the ground without gloves. They love corrugated iron.
They are black with a dark red diamond shaped stripe on their abdomen which extends from the top all the way round underneath.
The stripe goes bright red when threatened.

Copyright © 2009- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Mar-2009
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.