Funnel-Web Spider
Australia Crest

More than 300 people were bitten in 1998 by this dangerous spider which is prevalent in th North Shore of Sydney Harbour. Over 11,000 people have been treated with antivenom since it was introduced in the early 1980s. Since this time no-one has died from a funnel-web bite.

Funnel-Web Spider

Of the 30,000 species of spider in the world, 2,000 are found in Australia with the funnel-web being the most venomous spider in the world.

Venom from funnel-webs is supplied by the Australian Reptile Park, north of Sydney, to the Commonwealth Serum Laboratory to produce antivenom.

Stop press - a man from northern NSW died late March, '99, from a suspected funnel-web spider bite.

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