|Geographical Range||Tropical and semi-tropical regions worldwide; introduced into southern United States|
|Habitat||Forests and woodlands|
|Scientific Name||Lactrodectus geometricus|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
This is one of five species of widow spiders in North America. It was introduced from Africa into Florida, and now it has spread to other states. The tell-tale red 'hourglass' marking on this spider is still visible, though this species' body can be black, gray, or brown.