Brazilian Wandering Spider – Phoneutria sp.

A tropical species which found its way to the Falklands among imported bananas. It is not established here, nor likely to but is extremely venomous.

Common Name: Brazilian Wandering Spider
Latin Name: Phoneutria sp

Phoneutria, commonly known as Brazilian wandering spiders, armed spiders, or banana spiders (a name shared with several others), are a genus of aggressive and venomous spiders of potential medical significance to humans. They are mainly found in tropical South America, with one species in Central America. These spiders are members of the family Ctenidae of wandering spiders.

The Brazilian wandering spiders appear in Guinness World Records from 2010 as the world’s most venomous spide. Guinness World Records states that although the Brazilian wandering spider venom is the most toxic, an effective antivenom is available and few fatalities occur.

This particular specimen as fund among imported Bananas and is the first time this species as been found in the Falkland Islands.

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