oa South African Medical Journal - Harpactirella lightfooti as a cause of spider-bite in the Union*

Volume 13, Issue 24
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Two cases of spider-bite caused by H. lightfooti are reported. The bite of specimens of H. lightfooti was found to be lethal to white mice. Attempts to separate the venom of H. lightfooti were unsuccesful in view of the lability of the venom. Mice injected with L. indistinctus antivenene were found to be protected against the bite of H. lightfooti.

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