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Insect and Spider Identification: Green spider with 6 yellow dots on sac belly - South Africa

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macmanson
Gold Coast
Australia

February 25, 2013
12:31 PM

Post #9431267

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.

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 27, 2013
7:37 AM

Post #9433471

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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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

February 27, 2013
9:10 AM

Post #9433587

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

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 27, 2013
9:24 AM

Post #9433607

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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