Andalucian funnel web spider

Clive and Sue of wildside holidays and the iberianture forum have written another gruesomely entertaining account this time on the delights of the Andalucian funnel web spider, apparently the only protected spider in the EU., and which is found at various sites in Andalucia. Clive and Sue warn us:

“Be cautious if you are moving logs, rocks etc and see a sheet like web. If provoked these spiders will rear up in a threatening manner and can even give an audible hiss. A famous close relative is the Australian funnel-web (Atrax robustus), whose bite can be fatal. Macrothele calpeiana venom is mild in comparison giving localized but painful swelling.” Read

See also The dangers of oleander