Sicariidae  Keyserling, 1880 / Loxosceles  Heineken & Lowe, 1832   5 species

Loxosceles laeta  (Nicolet, 1849)


Embolus curved, slightly longer than width of bulbus. Vulva with slender tubular lobe, with enlarged bulb apically. Prosoma and legs bright yellowish to orange or reddish brown. Opisthosoma grey to white

Body length male: 9-12 mm
Body length female: 9-12 mm
Additional information

This species of South American origin is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced to Europe at least once and did establish.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): South America. Introduced to USA, Finland, Australia
Distribution List

"No references" does not mean that the species does not occur in this country, but that we have not yet inserted the reference for it. We are working on it.

Finland   (Koponen et al., 2016; Huhta, 1972) |||

Gertsch W J, Ennik F (1983) The spider genus Loxosceles in North America, Central America, and the West Indies (Araneae, Loxoscelidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 175: 264-360 pdf

Huhta V (1972) Loxosceles laeta (Nicolet) (Araneae, Loxoscelinae), a venomous spider established in a building in Helsinki, Finland, and notes on some other synanthropic spiders. Annales Entomologici Fennici 38: 152-156 pdf

Koponen S, Fritzén N R, Pajunen T (2016) Checklist of spiders in Finland (Araneae). 6th version, December 2016, online at pdf

WSC (2024) World Spider Catalog. Version 25.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.01.2024) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

20-03-2023 Distribution update Detail