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World's most venomous spiders are actually cousins

19:00 EST 14 Feb 2018 | AAAS

(San Diego State University) Two lineages of dangerous arachnids found in Australia--long classified as distantly related in the official taxonomy--are, in fact, relatively close evolutionary cousins. The lineages include the most venomous spiders in the world. The findings could help in the development of novel antivenoms, as well as point to new forms of insecticides.

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