Violin Spiders have a mythical reputation based upon dodgy Internet sites, email hoaxes and badly written newspaper and magazine articles.

Information on Violin Spiders has become so confused with misidentifications, hoaxes, rumors and general hysteria, that what we often regard as a “Violin Spider” is not a true Violin Spider.

The name refers to a violin-shaped marking on the carapace, which is not obvious in all species. These free living spiders do not live in a web. The position of the legs when the spider is resting is very characteristic.

All species of Violin Spider should be considered medically important. Several species occur in southern Africa, and in a variety of different forms. Some species of Violin Spiders live in caves, others can be found in savanna habitats. In some areas it’s not uncommon to find them in houses. The number of bites from these spiders is grossly exaggerated due to the frequent misdiagnosis of bite-like symptoms.

Several species occur in southern Africa, and in a variety of different forms.

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Even despite the total lack of evidence, many bite-like symptoms are misdiagnosed as a Violin Spider bite.

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