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www.elsevier.com/locate/toxicon Short communication Arachnids misidentiﬁed as brown recluse spiders by medical personnel and other authorities in North America Richard S.
Most medical training in North America provides little information about the kinds of spiders that may bite or the means of identifying them.
Although misinformation and rumor have resulted in exaggerated fearfulness of spiders by the general public, it is important to note that spiders do bite people occasionally and possible severe reaction following the bite makes them a public health problem.
Remember in the last article we talked about the difference between “can the PCs continue their journey” and “can the PCs survive the spider attack” and “can the PCs kill the spiders?” Well, I’m talking about it again, but only to remind you that we talked about it.
The act itself is rare and occurs almost exclusively in arthropods such as spiders, scorpions, and mantids, with most orders of arachnids demonstrating sexual cannibalism (Newman &