Talk:Hexathelidae

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Danger from Hexathelidae[edit]

Re this edit: the best I could find at short notice is this source. It's well known that only the Sydney funnel-web spider poses a serious medical threat to humans. The Australian Museum says that there have been 13 recorded deaths from Sydney funnel-web bites.[1]--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 08:21, 25 November 2017 (UTC)

The real problem with describing the danger of spider bites is the mass of unreliable popular press reports people keep adding. Serious quality reviews (as per Spider bite) consistently show that confirmed spider bites are a small proportion of claimed spider bites. I note that even from confirmed Sydney funnel-web spider bites, there have been no deaths since 1979. Peter coxhead (talk) 10:35, 25 November 2017 (UTC)
When assessing the risk to humans from spider bites, there are two main areas to be considered:
  • 1. The probability of being bitten by a spider.
  • 2. The probability of serious injury if actually bitten.

The news media often overestimates both of these risks. In March 2017, a report showed that Australians are more likely to die as a result of a kick or trampling from a horse than of spider and snake bites put together.[2] But it's just more fun to say "Australian spiders and snakes are deadly" rather than "Australian horses are deadly". The disputed sentence in the WP:LEAD puts this in some sort of perspective, but there is a certain amount of WP:SYNTH in it. In this particular group of spiders, only the Sydney funnel-web has very medically significant venom. Even then, no human has died from a Sydney funnel-web bite since an antivenom was developed in 1981.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 14:16, 25 November 2017 (UTC)

Family split[edit]

Three families have been carved off from Hexathelidae: Atracidae, Macrothelidae and Porrhothelidae.

The article needs more checking and updating; now that Atrax is not in this family, its venomous nature isn't clear to me. Peter coxhead (talk) 09:21, 15 May 2018 (UTC)