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Import of red-back spider Latrodectus hasselti Thorell, 1870 in Split in 2016 - case description.


The red-back spider Latrodectus hasselti Thorell, 1870, belongs to the genus Latrodectus from which most species are also known as widow spiders, and are similar to the more commonly known Mediterranean black widow spider. The spider L. hasselti inhabits India, Southeast Asia, and all the countries of Australia and New Zealand. There have already been recorded cases of import of this spider from other continents. It is an invasive species in several countries and it has medical importance. The case described in this paper is an example of introduction of red-back spider from Australia into Europe through container traffic from Adelaide to Split in early July 2016, which was lucky prevented. This case is a contribution to the list of reported cases of introduction of invasive species warning on necessity of preventive measures improvement.