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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Spiders
Latrodectus hesperus (Black widow)



No Photo available for Latrodectus hesperus arthropod number 1999

(Black widow)
Habitat: Warm climates
Food Habits: insectivorous
Active Period: nocturnal
Size: medium
Number of Legs: 8
Leg Characteristics: legs attached to cephalothorax
subspherical black abdomen with red hourglass on underside,catches prey in a large sticky web
a shy but very dangerous venomous spider

Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Chelicerata
Class Arachnida
Order Araneae
Family Theridiidae
Genus Latrodectus
species hesperus





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