Green spider with 6 yellow dots on sac belly - South Africa

Gold Coast, Australia

We think our farmworker in Mpumalanga (North West Province) South Africa has been bitten by this spider. It is dead and lying on its back.

Thumbnail by macmanson
Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I am in no way sure, but possibly a species in the Genus Cheiracanthium (the long legged sac spiders) (Family Miturgidae) from what i have read, they are aggressive and various literature states that they make up the majority of spider bite incidences in So Africa. Their bite is rarely fatal, but their venom is a cytotoxin...it causes tissue to become necrotic, like the recluse spider toxin.

http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/arachnids/spiders/miturgidae/cheiracanthium.htm

http://www.spiderclub.co.za/articles/dangerousSpiders.html

http://goafrica.about.com/od/africanwildlife/tp/Africas-Scariest-Spiders.htm

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Minot, ND

Definitely not in the family Miturgidae; it more likely is an orb weaver - none of these are dangerous to humans.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Well that is good to know....I just couldn't find a pic that came closer in the So African spider sites

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