Poisonous redback and black widow spiders are becoming more common in Dubai, expert says

Poisonous redback and black widow spiders are becoming more common in Dubai, expert says

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  • Date: 03-Jun-2021
  • Source: The National
  • Sector: Economy
  • Country: UAE
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Poisonous redback and black widow spiders are becoming more common in Dubai, expert says

Sightings of one of the world’s most feared spiders are increasing in Dubai, according to a leading UAE-based expert.

The venomous redback spider, which is native to Australia, has been spotted several times in recent months across the emirate in The Greens, The Springs and the Mira community on the Al Qudra Road.

Ecologist and Dubai resident Adrian Hudson said it was easy to explain the increase in sightings of the redback – which belongs to the Latrodectus family of spiders that includes a group of species known as black widows.

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