Spiders of Australia

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Australia has some highly venomous spiders, including the notorious Sydney funnel-web, its relatives in the Atrax genus, and redback spiders, whose bites can be deadly,[1] but the venom of many common Australian spiders is not considered very toxic.[2] Similarly, the wrap-around spider (Dolophones turrigera) belongs to the Araneidae family and its venom is not dangerous to humans.[3] Though Australia is infamous for venomous spiders, scientists report you are more likely to die of a bee sting than a spider bite on Australian shores. Records reveal no one has died from a spider bite since 1981.[4]


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  1. ^ Egerton, L. ed. 2005. Encyclopedia of Australian wildlife p563 Reader's Digest ISBN 1-876689-34-X
  2. ^ Atkinson, Ronald K. (1 November 1993). "A comparison of the toxicity of the venoms of twelve common Australian spider species on rodent vital organ systems". Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology C. 106 (3): 639–642. doi:10.1016/0742-8413(93)90220-F. 
  3. ^ The wrap-around spider from Australia is quite the camouflage expert
  4. ^ Australian spiders: the 10 most dangerous, Australian Geographic, 16 August 2012

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