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Cheiracanthium furculatum (Long-legged sac spider)

[= Cheiracanthium lawrencei]

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthropoda > Arachnomorpha > Cheliceriformes > Chelicerata > Euchelicerata > Arachnida > Araneae > Araneomorpha > Family: Miturgidae > Genus: Cheiracanthium

Cheiracanthium furculatum (Sac spider). Lower image shows head-on view showing the black face, which helps to distinguish it from Clubiona sp.  [image N. Larsen ]

Cheiracanthium furculatum (previously Cheiracanthium lawrencei) is responsible for about 70-90% of all spider bites in South Africa. The bites, although not life-threatening, are nasty as the venom of these spiders is cytotoxic. Find out more about Sac spider bites

Text by Norman Larsen