Steatoda bipunctata, copyright Roger Harris.

Belongs within: Theridiidae.

Steatoda, false widow spiders, is a cosmopolitan genus of dark-coloured cob web spiders with a large colulus and teeth on the anterior margin of the chelicerae. A number of species in this genus are found in association with humans. The cupboard spider S. grossa is a native of the Palaearctic that has become widely introduced around the world, including to the Americas and New Zealand.

<==Steatoda Sundevall 1833 PVD10
    |--S. albomaculata (De Geer 1778) PO08
    |--S. ancorata (Holmberg 1876) FM11
    |--S. bipunctata (Linnaeus 1758) GGG04
    |--S. borealis (Hentz 1850) GGG04
    |--S. capensis Hann 1990 PVD10
    |--S. caricis Fickert 1876 (n. d.) [=Enoplognatha caricis] W76
    |--S. castanea CM07
    |--S. diamantina Levi 1962 FM11
    |--S. erigoniformis (Pickard-Cambridge 1872) PO08
    |--S. femorale E07
    |--S. fulva (Keyserling 1884) GLV14
    |--S. grossa (Koch 1838) PVD10 [incl. Theridium sericum Urquhart 1886 NS00]
    |--S. latifasciata (Simon 1873) PO08
    |--S. lepida (Pickard-Cambridge 1879) PVD10
    |--S. livens B96
    |--S. marmorata K18
    |--S. maura (Simon 1909) PO08
    |--S. nobilis E95
    |--S. nubilosa Urquhart 1893 (n. d.) NS00
    |--S. paykulliana (Walckenaer 1805) PO08
    |--S. succini Petrunkevitch 1942 S93
    |--S. triangulosa (Walckenaer 1802) PO08
    `--S. truncata (Urquhart 1888) PVD10 [=Theridium truncatum NS00]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[FM11] Freire-Jr, G. de B., & P. C. Motta. 2011. Effects of experimental fire regimes on the abundance and diversity of cursorial arachnids of Brazilian savannah (cerrado biome). Journal of Arachnology 39 (2): 263–272.

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[GLV14] García, L. F., M. Lacava & C. Viera. 2014. Diet composition and prey selectivity by the spider Oecobius concinnus (Araneae: Oecobiidae) from Colombia. Journal of Arachnology 42 (2): 199–201.

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[PVD10] Paquin, P., C. J. Vink & N. Dupérré. 2010. Spiders of New Zealand: annotated family key and species list. Manaaki Whenua Press: Lincoln (New Zealand).

[PO08] Pluess, T., I. Opatovsky, E. Gavish-Regev, Y. Lubin & M. H. Schmidt. 2008. Spiders in wheat fields and semi-desert in the Negev (Israel). Journal of Arachnology 36 (2): 368–373.

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[W76] Wunderlich, J. 1976. Zur Spinnenfauna Deutschlands, XVI. Zur Kenntnis der mitteleuropäischen Arten der Gattungen Enoplognatha Pavesi und Robertus O. Pick.-Cambridge (Araneida: Theridiidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 57 (1–3): 97–112.

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