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Spider Photos - White Tailed Spiders

Here's some photos sent in by viewers. The White Tailed Spider (Lampona cylindrata) is about the size of a 50c piece when fully grown, with a leg diameter about the size of a pin. It has a grey cigar-shaped abdomen with a white spot on the end and sometimes the legs are banded with light traverse marks on the abdomen. These markings are more predominant on the juvenile White Tailed spider. It is typically found in cool, dark areas - under bark, in gardens, litter, walls and beds. It is  active at night time and often enters buildings where it can be seen walking across floors and up walls. It is commonly found in the bedroom and during daylight hours, the spider seeks a dark place to hide. Indoors, this may be in clothing that has been left lying about and bites may occur when this clothing is put on.

It is most prevalent in Spring - Autumn and there are many species in Australia and New Zealand. The White Tailed Spider does not usually build a web, preferring to rove around. It prefers to nip and run when cornered but can bite repeatedly. Bites by this spider are relatively frequent due to its wandering habit.

White-tailed Spider bites can cause initial burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness at the bitten area. Occasionally, weals, blistering or local ulceration have been reported - conditions known medically as necrotising arachnidism. As well as the spider's venom, minor bacterial infection of the wound may be a contributory factor in such cases. A debate continues about the involvement of White-tailed Spider bite in cases of severe ulcerative skin lesions seen in patients diagnosed as probable spider bite victims. Typically, in such cases no direct evidence of spider bite is available. Sensational media reporting of supposed cases of severe "necrotising arachnidism" has given the White-tailed Spider a bad reputation. However, a recent study has monitored the medical outcomes of over 100 verified White-tailed Spider bites and found not a single case of ulceration (confirming the results of an earlier study). The available evidence suggests that skin ulceration is not a common outcome of White-tailed Spider bite. White-tailed Spiders around your house can be controlled by catching and removing any that you see and by clearing away the webs of the house spiders upon which they feed.  

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Reply: Looks like a white tail spider - glen

21 December, 2016:
Hi there, was just wondering if you could help me identify this spider, was thinking it could be a white tail since it has a white spot on the end. Thanks!

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Reply: Looks like a white tail spider - glen

7 December, 2016:
Can u plz tell me is dis spider dangerous?

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Reply: I've just been going through the website and found one I might be able too help you id.. To me (And hearing that it lives in NSW) This one looks like it might be a Female White tailed spider (Lampona cylindrata or of the Lampona Family) Just looking at the Brown legs and the slight white tip on the Abdomen.. Hope that helps you mate Lachlan

Reply: This one has me stumped, it's from the Riverina district in New South Wales - glen

27 January, 2016:
Hello I was wondering if you can tell me what this spider is? Thank  you Roslyn

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17 April, 2009:
Can you help me and let me know what kind of spider this is. If you zoom in you can see a marking on the back. I live in northern Indiana and this was on the wall in our house. I saw the same kind of spider last year and they always tend to be on the walls.
Thanks!

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Reply: This is a  male white tailed spider. glen

17 March, 2009:
Hi there, Could you please help me identify what spider this is, I have found a few of them and have spent hours on the internet trying to identify it. No website of book seems to have one Thanks for your help Regards Bronwyn

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