Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Katipo spider

Katipo spider

  • All spiders have venom, which they use to overcome prey.
  • The jaws of most spiders are unable to pierce human skin or, if they can, the venom in the majority of species is not strong enough to have a bad effect.
  • Spiders in the Latrodectus group (widows/ redback) have a potent venom affecting us.
  • The most potent spider venom in the world to humans is the Sydney funnelweb spider, which does not occur in New Zealand.