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Muscat Municipality asks people to inform it on 1111 in case they see redback spiders

Muscat Municipality asks individuals to inform it on 1111 in case they see redback spiders

The redback spider (Latrodectus hasseltii
) is a species of extremely venomous spider believed to originate in the South Australian or Western Australian deserts. It is now discovered all through Australia, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.

In a tweet that went viral on Monday, the Directorate General of Muscat Municipality in Seeb stated, “If you find the redback spider contact us on 1111, 24426653, 24426788 or 24426724.”

The municipality also asked nurseries in Muscat to investigate the presence of the spider.

The redback spider is a member of the cosmopolitan genus Latrodectus
, the widow spiders. The adult female is very easily recognised by her spherical black physique with a prominent red stripe on the upper side of her abdomen and an hourglass-shaped red/orange streak on the underside.

Females generally have a physique length of about 10mm, whilst the male is a lot smaller sized, getting only three-4mm lengthy.


The spider’s attraction to man-created habitats has facilitated the redback’s spread to other nations via worldwide shipping and planet trade, specifically via agricultural create. The redback has established nearby colonies, in several areas such as Dubai, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan and several Southeast Asian nations.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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