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Latrodectus lilianae

The spider Latrodectus lilianae is a member of the family of comb-footed spiders. They are found in parts of the Iberian peninsula.

latrodectus lilianae

Scientific Classification

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Male: 0.26-0.56 cm Female: 1.2-1.6 cm

Color: They are generally black or brown, with their abdomen having small, white, and orange markings.

Other Characteristic Features: The abdomen is covered with long simple hairs.

Eggs

Females produce egg sacs laid inside the nests between May and July.

Spiderlings

They disperse during summer, building small webs among the grass and weeds.

The Web

It consists of an inverted cone-shaped nest made of permanent, non-adhesive silk threads. Built in low shrubbery, 20-40 cm above the ground, the threads hang downwards, attached to the soil or nearby vegetation. The spider suspends highly adhesive hunting threads, spun at sunset, and removed at sunrise.

Is the Latrodectus lilianae Spider Venomous

The effect of this spider’s venom remains unknown but can be assumed to be the same as other spiders in its family.

Quick Facts

Lifespan 1-3 years
Distribution Portugal and Spain
Habitat Dry or arid steppes
Common Predators Birds like the hoopoe, wasps, and small mammals
Diet Insects like beetles and woodlice

Did You Know

  • Melic first described this species in 2000.

The spider Latrodectus lilianae is a member of the family of comb-footed spiders. They are found in parts of the Iberian peninsula.

latrodectus lilianae

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Male: 0.26-0.56 cm Female: 1.2-1.6 cm

Color: They are generally black or brown, with their abdomen having small, white, and orange markings.

Other Characteristic Features: The abdomen is covered with long simple hairs.

Eggs

Females produce egg sacs laid inside the nests between May and July.

Spiderlings

They disperse during summer, building small webs among the grass and weeds.

The Web

It consists of an inverted cone-shaped nest made of permanent, non-adhesive silk threads. Built in low shrubbery, 20-40 cm above the ground, the threads hang downwards, attached to the soil or nearby vegetation. The spider suspends highly adhesive hunting threads, spun at sunset, and removed at sunrise.

Is the Latrodectus lilianae Spider Venomous

The effect of this spider’s venom remains unknown but can be assumed to be the same as other spiders in its family.

Quick Facts

Lifespan 1-3 years
Distribution Portugal and Spain
Habitat Dry or arid steppes
Common Predators Birds like the hoopoe, wasps, and small mammals
Diet Insects like beetles and woodlice

Did You Know

  • Melic first described this species in 2000.

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