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Three species of the cosmopolitan genus Latrodectus were reported by Bucherl (1964) as occurring in Brazil: L. mactans mactans (Fabricius) from Recife, Pernambuco and from P6rto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul; L. curacaviensis (Muller) from the beaches of Guanabara and Bahia; and L. geometricus C. L. Koch from the city of P6rto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul and from the states of Minas Gerais, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. Levi (1959) cited records of L. geometricus from the states of Paraiba, Pernarnbuco, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro. In the United States L. geometricus has been reported as an introduced species from both Hawaii (Levi, 1967) and Florida (Levi and Levi, 1968). The present paper contains observations on L. geometricus in the state of Espirito Santo and in the city of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil in 1969 and 1970.

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