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Latrodectus erythromelas

Latrodectus erythromelas, is a species of venomous spider of the genus Latrodectus, commonly called widow spiders. It is native to India and Sri Lanka.[1]

Latrodectus erythromelas
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
Genus: Latrodectus
Species: L. erythromelas
Binomial name
Latrodectus erythromelas
Schmidt & Klaas, 1991


Female is larger than male, average total length is about 8.8mm. Eyes are black, where eye region dark with blackish-red margins. Blackish carapace is much rounded and covered with fine hairs. Cephalothorax is also black in color and also covered with fine hair. On the dorsal surface of the cephalothorax, there is a prominent red stripe.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Latrodectus erythromelas Schmidt & Klaas, 1991". World Spider Catalog. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Latrodectus erythromelas". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 22 May 2016.