In the title sequence of Penny Dreadful, we see closeups of a spider, with yellow dots on its body.

What is the exact species of this spider? Does it bear any significance, or is it just a generic creepy scene, without any relation to the plot?
(Of course there are hunters and prey in the series, but I mean beyond that).

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If you're referring to the spider which appears several times throughout the intro - and not the tarantula, which only appears once - it appears to be a species of Golden Orb Weaver, sometimes called a Giant Wood Spider.

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This genus of spiders is very common throughout the world, typically found in warmer climates - the Southern US, Asia, Africa, and Australia. They are mostly harmless, with a moderate bite and non-aggressive temperament. They are known, however, for their creepy appearance and extravagant webs. They can also grow quite large, with a body of over 2 inches (excluding legs).

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The spider does not appear to have any direct connection to the content of the show, and is most likely used in the intro to establish atmosphere.

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