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Baars-Firestone spider #4 - Latrodectus

Baars-Firestone spider #4 - Latrodectus
Baars-Firestone Wildlife Sanctuary, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
October 18, 2015
Size: 2-3 mm
Collected at the Baars-Firestone Wildlife Sanctuary, University of West Florida, during the fall BioBlitz. Habitat is mixed (oak, pine, magnolia, etc.) upland forest. When students collected this spider...

...they found a second spider (this one) was also captured in the vial.

Any information will be greatly appreciated!

Note: Collected 10/18/15; photographed 10/23/15

variolus or mactans spiderling.

Moved from Spiders.

Wonder if a young Latrodectus bishopi
might look like this?? All the images we've seen have black bodies

I do think it's Latrodectus
I think you're on the right track, John and Jane! I did some searching by image, adding in various other terms, and I think this is an immature Latrodectus – but I'm not sure it's possible to tell which one. Here are some similar ones from BugGuide:

Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans):

Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus):

Other similar images of these two species are also elsewhere on the web, including Latrodectus mactans from University of Florida Entomology "Featured Creatures" and Latrodectus variolus on Arachnoboards.

I don't know. I haven't seen any L. bishopi images that look like this. It also seems that L. bishopi is limited to peninsular Florida; I don't think it's been found in the Florida panhandle.

See further thoughts in comment above (which was posted later).

Your default location of Los Angeles
popped up

Sorry! Thanks for catching that – I've fixed it now.

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