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A young woman was bitten on the shoulder by a female Steatoda nobilis spider, in Worthing on the south coast of England. She noticed intense radiating pain, local sweating (indicating parasympathetic stimulation) and feverishness. This immigrant species from the Canary Islands has established itself along the south coast of England in recent years. Like the related Mediterranean species S. paykulliana, S. nobilis may be of medical importance and deserves further study.


Journal article



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1263 - 1265


Adult, Animals, Atlantic Islands, England, Female, Humans, Neurotoxins, Pain, Spider Bites, Spiders