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Source: Public Health Image Library (PHIL). Available
Brown recluse spiders (Loxosceles reclusa),
also called violin spiders or fiddleback spiders, are found most often in the
south-central part of the United States and live in hot, dry, abandoned areas,
such as wood or rock piles. They are about
0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long with a
dark violin-shaped mark on the combined head and midsection (cephalothorax).
They have 6 eyes grouped in 3 pairs rather than 8 eyes like other spiders.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofMay 27, 2016
Current as of:
May 27, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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