Venomous Spiders and Ecology of the Southeastern Anatolia Region (Turkey)

Ismail Varol, Adile Akpinar, Fulya Kapu


Spiders are found worldwide on every content except for Antarctica. There are most than 40.000 species of spiders, most of which are harmless to humans, but 200 species from 20 genera of spiders worldwide can cause severe human envenoming with neurotic, necrotic and maybe death.

The specimens were collected by using aspiratory, manual and pitfall trap methods from different habitats and localities of southeast Anatoloia region.

In research area, 13 species belonging to 12 genera, Loxosceles rufescens, Cheiracanthium mildei, Eresus cinnabarinus, Latrodectus tredecimguttatus, Steatoda grossa, S. paykulliana, Nomisia aussereri, Agelena labyrinthica, Thomisus onostus, Thanatus striatus, Argiope lobata, Araneus diadematus, Larinioides cornutus are described as venomous and dangerous for humans.


Spider, venom, ecology, South East Anatolia Region, Turkey

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