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New research has found the venom of the brown recluse and other spiders in the genus Loxosceles produces a much different toxic reaction in the body than previously thought, which could eventually lead to more effective anti-venoms, study researchers said.
Scientists say they have engineered a spider protein that could be the start of a new generation of anti-venom vaccines, with the potential to save thousands of lives worldwide.
As the cold weather creeps in, so do brown recluse spiders.
The Brown Recluse Spider (Loxosceles reclusa) is a species of arachnid that is native to the USA from the southern Midwest south to the Gulf of Mexico. It can be found in Canada as well around southeast Ontario, and southern Quebec. Its range lies from southeastern Nebraska through southern Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to southwestern Ohio. In the south, it is native from central Texas to western Georgia. It is not usually found west of the Rocky Mountains. Contrary to popular belief, this...
The Chilean Recluse Spider (Loxosceles laeta) is a species of venomous arachnid that is native to South America. Although found throughout South America, it is most common in Chile. It is now found elsewhere throughout the world, including North and Central America, Finland, and Australia. In North America, it is well established in Los Angeles, Vancouver BC, Cambridge MA, and Florida. This is one of the larger species of recluse spiders, growing to 1.5 inches in length (including the...
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.