Disclaimer: Replies that I publish are
done so with no guarantee of authenticity or validity. Please DO NOT
rely on identifications from any other than an official source like a
Museum or entomologist. Furthermore,
where a spider is described as "not dangerous" does not
mean that it doesn't bite or cause a reaction. Any spider can
bite and some people react differently to others, so it's best
to treat all spiders with caution. That doesn't mean of course,
going around killing them!!! Leave them alone and they will
leave you alone - we are NOT spider prey and they don't jump in
out mouths while we are asleep or attack unprovoked! Most
countries only have one or two spiders that are considered
really dangerous to humans, there are thousands of spiders that
Here's some photos sent in by viewers. Many thanks for allowing
me to use these photos. All photos are copyright to their
owners and may not be reproduced without permission. If anyone can help
with identifying those that people have asked about, please
email me so I can pass the info
I have made 2 pages -
Common spiders Australia
Common spiders USA,
might see your spider if you are in Australia or USA. Please
check this out before emailing me.
Click here for a map showing the location of some of the
dangerous spiders found in the USA. Rick Vetter has put out a
great guide for identifying hobo spiders which is one of the
common dangerous spiders in the US.
If you are in Queensland, you could try the
Qld Museum's identifying spiders page. It's great! A new page is the
Brisbane Insect and Spiders page.
Another site to
identify spiders from is
Bug Guide which has some nice photos of American spiders on it
and a new one I just found from Cirrus on
Common American spiders,
which has lots of photos. for European ones try
Ed Nieuwenhuys' pages.
has some medically significant spiders from South
Africa. Another new page is the
Spider Guide Page from the University of Southern Queensland. Many
thanks to Richard Adams, Paul Day,
Brian Post and Josh Hillman, FloridaNature.org
for their many identifications. Please
choose a section below.
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