I found the page I referred to earlier. It was actually Scorpionking and not Bushsnake. Have look here
at what he said.
Thanks for the link Johann!
Wikipedia does have loads of info but I'm inclined not to always believe everything 100% on there. You must remember that the info can supplied by anyone and they might not necessarily be an expert on the subject. I know that Scorpionking and Bushsnake are experts by reputation so I would listen to what they've got to say.
Sure I agree with you, I'm also inclined not to always believe everything I read on Wikipedia, but that applies to other sources as well.
I’m not an expert on spiders so I have to rely on what the experts are saying!
According to Dr Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman
, a Specialist Scientist at the ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute, Spider Research Centre, Pretoria, six species of button spiders belonging to the genus Latrodectus
of the family Theridiidae
are found in South Africa and that the button spiders can be divided into the black button spider complex (4 species) and the brown button spider complex (2 species.) She also states that button spiders are elsewhere in the world known as widow spiders.
According to the Australian Venom Research Unit
redback spiders are members of the widely distributed Latrodectus
genus known as widow spiders.
I therefore understand that button spiders (southern Africa) and redback spiders (Australia) are a common name use to refer to local members of the spider genus, Latrodectus
, the family Theridiidae
which spiders are also known as widow spiders elsewhere in the world. Can’t I then say that a redback, button and widow spiders are all the same thing?
It seems that there are three recognized species of black widow found in North America and the southern black widow (L.mactans
) is one of them. So I will agree that Africa doesn’t have a species of black widow spiders known as L. mactans
but we do have 4 species of black widow spiders known as L. cinctus, L. indistinctus, L. karooensis and L. renivulvatus.
I need help please!
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
bishop, I think you are spot-on!
(Sources: http://www.scienceinafrica.co.za/2005/a ... spider.htm
, http://www.rmgh.net/wiki/index.php?titl ... dow_Spider