The redback spider is a venomous spider that lives in Australia. The female is larger than the male. The female's body is about 1 centimetre long and the male's body is about 3 millimetres long. The adult female spider is usually black and usually has a red stripe on its back. The female likes to live in warm sheltered places and makes a web to catch insects and other small creatures.
The spider's bite can be very painful and dangerous to people, because it can inject a venom through its fangs. An antivenom injection is available, which can help to restore the health of people who have become very ill after being bitten by the spider.
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- Garb, Jessica E.; González, Alda; Gillespie, Rosemary G. (June 2004). "The Black Widow Spider Genus Latrodectus (Araneae: Theridiidae): Phylogeny, Biogeography, and Invasion History" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31 (3): 1127–42. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2003.10.012. http://nature.berkeley.edu/~gillespie/Publications_files/GarbGonzGillMPE.pdf.