i5K: Brown recluse spider
Brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa)
Brown recluse spider
Image source: CDC
Contact: Greta Binford
Researchers involved: 650
Size (or size of nearest relative): 1125 MBp
Keywords (and why important): Novel chemistry, evolutionary branching.
Potentially lethal toxin. Model organism for understanding dermonecrotic envenomation (sphingomylinase D). Focus of research to understand neurotic fractions in venom. Provides appropriate phylogenetic sampling across diversity of order Araneae. Easily obtained from colleagues in Oregon.