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Spider unk 33 - Latrodectus variolus

Spider unk 33 - Latrodectus variolus
12 miles SE of Ozark, Christian County, Missouri, USA
November 4, 2017
Found in a rotting log

Moved from ID Request.

it looks to be..
Latrodectus bishopi (female), although you are way out of range for that.. An oddity for sure. Are there palm trees close by?

Definitely not bishopii. Mayb
Definitely not bishopii. Maybe L. mactans. Males look much different. L. bishopii is endemic to sand scrub in Florida.

L. variolus?
I found a similar coloration in the link below with an interesting discussion. These two spiders were smaller that other typical L. variolus in another log and immaturity may plan a role as well. Several sources comment on males having orange variations and white stripes.

Could be. There are a couple
Could be. There are a couple in your area, just chiming in to rule out bishopii.

Palm Trees
Only plastic ones. We are deep in a valley surrounded by an Oak-Hickory forest.

Looks to be
One of the Widows.
Someone should be able to tell you which Widow

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