Black widow spider
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Black widow spider is one of several spiders in the Latrodectus genus. The name of the group is derived from the practice of the female of the species devouring the male after copulation.
Spiders within the group include:
- Western black widow or Latrodectus hesperus
- Southern black widow or Latrodectus mactans
- Northern black widow or Latrodectus variolus
- Mediterranean black widow, or European black widow, or Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
- Redback spider or black widow, Latrodectus hasselti
- Katipo or black widow, Latrodectus katipo
- False black widow, spiders of the genus Steatoda, often mistaken for widow spiders
- Black Widow (disambiguation)
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