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Does anyone know what spider this is, house spider?

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Asked at 2011.04.21 23:29:18
This does not look like the black widow, but hoping its not the brown recluse spider or funnel web spider. I am in a condo in Toronto, ON, Canada and this one just showed up recently. Except for the house spider, bites from the others are apparently serious or lethal.

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answer Todd  Answered at 2011.04.21 23:29:18
You won't find brown recluses in Canada, and the funnel web spiders you'll find are harmless and are very distantly related to the sydney funnel web spider.

That could be a black widow (Latrodectus variolus), but it could also be a "false widow spider" (Steatoda sp), or a "Common house spider" (Parasteatoda tepidariorum). I'd need to see a better photo.
Bites from any spider are rarely serious and even more rarely fatal.
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