Taxon details

Latrodectus hasselti Thorell, 1870

  • Rank: Species
  • Status: accepted
  • Described: m f
  • Last updated: 2023-01-09
  • LSID: []
  • Distribution: Southeast Asia to Australia. Introduced to Pakistan, India, Japan, New Zealand
Type deposit provide information
  • Holotype: Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt am Main (SMF), Germany; f (3100) of Latrodectus hasselti aruensis (Levi, 1959c)
  • Holotype: Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet), Stockholm (NHRS), Sweden; f of Latrodectus scelio (Levi, 1959c)
  • Holotype: Muséum national d'histoire naturelle (MNHN), Paris, France; f of Latrodectus scelio indica (Levi, 1959c)
  • Syntype: Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin (ZMB), Germany; ff (7100, 7133) of Latrodectus ancorifer (Levi, 1959c)
  • Syntype: Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet), Stockholm (NHRS), Sweden; mm 1jf (Levi, 1959c)
Taxonomic references
Latrodectus hasseltii Thorell, 1870c: 369 (Dm jf).
Latrodectus scelio Thorell, 1870c: 370 (Df).
Latrodectus hasselti L. Koch, 1872a: 276, pl. 23, f. 2-3 (m, Df).
Latrodectus scelio L. Koch, 1872a: 279, pl. 23, f. 4 (f).
Latrodectus scelio indicus Simon, 1897h: 98 (Df).
Latrodectus indicus Pocock, 1900a: 237.
Latrodectus ancorifer Dahl, 1902a: 43 (Df).
Latrodectus hasselti F. O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1902c: 255, pl. 26, f. 4, pl. 27, f. 6.
Latrodectus hasselti indicus F. O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1902c: 255, pl. 27, f. 1.
Latrodectus hasselti ancorifer Kulczyński, 1911c: 443.
Latrodectus hasselti aruensis Strand, 1911d: 136 (Djf).
Latrodectus cinctus Gerschman & Schiapelli, 1942: 10 (S, rejected).
Latrodectus hasselti Hickman, 1967: 44, f. 72-76 (mf).
Latrodectus hasseltii Patel, 1973: 150, f. 5-6 (f).
Latrodectus mactans hasselti Chrysanthus, 1975: 38, f. 138-143 (mf).
Latrodectus mactans hasselti Nishikawa, 1976b: 186, f. 5-14 (mf).
Latrodectus hasselti Forster, 1995a: 13, f. 4 (removed mf from S of L. mactans).
Latrodectus hasselti Kim, Cho & Lee, 2003: 83, f. 17-19 (f).
Latrodectus hasselti Yoshida, 2003a: 45, f. 85-90, 555 (mf).
Latrodectus hasselti Snow, Abdel-Mesih & Andrade, 2006: 380, f. 1, 2a-b (mf).
Latrodectus hasseltii Vink et al., 2008: 600, f. 3K-O (mf).
Latrodectus hasselti Yoshida, 2009b: 363, f. 64-68 (mf).
Latrodectus hasselti Eberhard & Huber, 2010: 265, f. 12.14 (f).
Latrodectus hasselti Goyal & Malik, 2017: 441, f. 2a-d (f).
Latrodectus hasselti Akhtar et al., 2020: 113, f. 2A-D, 3E-F (f).

Akhtar, N., Tahir, M., Nawaz, F. & Idnan, M. (2020). Latrodectus hasselti Thorell, 1870 (Araneae: Theridiidae): a species new to Punjab, Pakistan. Arthropods 9(3): 112-118. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Chrysanthus, P. (1975). Further notes on the spiders of New Guinea II (Araneae, Tetragnathidae, Theridiidae). Zoologische Verhandelingen 140: 1-50. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Dahl, F. (1902a). Über abgebrochene Copulationsorgane männlicher Spinnen im Körper der Weibchen. Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin 1902: 36-45. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Eberhard, W. G. & Huber, B. A. (2010). Spider genitalia: precise maneuvers with a numb structure in a complex lock. In: Leonard, J. L. & A. Córdoba-Aguilar (eds.) The Evolution of Primary Sexual Characters in Animals. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 249-284. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Forster, L. (1995a). The behavioural ecology of Latrodectus hasselti (Thorell), the Australian redback spider (Araneae: Theridiidae): a review. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 52: 13-24. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Gerschman, B. S. & Schiapelli, R. D. (1942). Revisión del género Latrodectus Walckenaer 1805. In: Sampayo, R. (ed.) Latrodectus mactans y latrodectismo. Buenos Aires 2(Syst.), 1-23. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Goyal, V. & Malik, V. (2017). The first record of the redback spider Latrodectus hasselti Thorell (Araneae: Theridiidae) from Haryana, north India. Journal of Environment and Bio-Sciences 31(2): 441-442, 1 pl.. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Hickman, V. V. (1967). Some common spiders of Tasmania. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 112 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Kim, J. P., Cho, Y. J. & Lee, Y. B. (2003). A list of venomous spiders of the world. Korean Arachnology 19: 75-88. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Koch, L. (1872a). Die Arachniden Australiens, nach der Natur beschrieben und abgebildet [Erster Theil, Lieferung 3-7]. Bauer & Raspe, Nürnberg, 105-368, pl. 8-28. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.121660 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Kulczyński, W. (1911c). Spinnen aus Nord-Neu-Guinea. In: Résultats de l'expédition scientifique néerlandaise à la Nouvelle-Guinée en 1903 sous les auspices de Arthur Wichmann. Nova Guinea 5(Zoologie, Lief. 4): 423-518, pl. 19-20. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.10923 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Nishikawa, Y. (1976b). Notes on the venomous spiders (funnel-web spider and red-back spider) in Australia. Otemon Bulletin for the Australian Studies 2: 176-193. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Patel, B. H. (1973). Some interesting theridiid spiders (Araneae: Theridiidae) from Gujarat, India. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 2: 149-152. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Pickard-Cambridge, F. O. (1902c). On the spiders of the genus Latrodectus, Walckenaer. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 72(I, 1): 247-261, pl. 26-27. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Pocock, R. I. (1900a). The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Arachnida. Taylor and Francis, London, 279 pp. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.48423 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Simon, E. (1897h). Arachnides recueillis par M. M. Maindron à Mascate, en octobre 1896. Bulletin du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle 3: 95-98. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Snow, L. S. E., Abdel-Mesih, A. & Andrade, R. M. G. de (2006). Broken copulatory organs are low-cost adaptations to sperm competition in redback spiders. Ethology 112: 379-389. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Strand, E. (1911d). Araneae von den Aru- und Kei-Inseln. Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft 34: 127-199. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Thorell, T. (1870c). Araneae nonnullae Novae Hollandie, descriptae. Öfversigt af Kongliga Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar 27: 367-389. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Vink, C., Sirvid, P. J., Malumbres-Olarte, J., Griffiths, J. W., Paquin, P. & Paterson, A. M. (2008). Species status and conservation issues of New Zealand's endemic Latrodectus spider species (Araneae: Theridiidae). Invertebrate Systematics 22(6): 589-604. doi:10.1071/IS08027 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Yoshida, H. (2003a). The spider family Theridiidae (Arachnida: Araneae) from Japan. Arachnological Society of Japan, 224 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Yoshida, H. (2009b). Uloboridae, Theridiidae, Ctenidae. In: Ono, H. (ed.) The spiders of Japan with keys to the families and genera and illustrations of the species. Tokai University Press, Kanagawa, pp. 142-147, 356-393, 467-468. download pdf -- Show included taxa

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Edit history
Date Type Reference Detail
2022-07-11 Species distribution update Zamani, Nadolny & Dolejš, 2022 n/a (Old value)
2020-08-14 New taxonomic reference entry Akhtar et al., 2020 n/a
2020-08-14 Species distribution update Akhtar et al., 2020 n/a (Old value)
2018-01-01 New taxonomic reference entry Goyal & Malik, 2017 n/a
2018-01-01 Species distribution update Goyal & Malik, 2017 n/a (Old value)
2017-01-13 Taxonomic reference assigned to new taxon Zamani & El-Hennawy, 2016 Taxonomic reference entry assigned to Latrodectus renivulvatus Dahl, 1902
2017-01-13 New taxonomic reference entry Al-Hadlak & Najim, 2015 n/a
2014-09-17 Species updated Vink et al., 2008 Species epithet corrected (Old value)