Schmidt Pain Index

Robin Leech robinl at NAIT.AB.CA
Mon Jun 10 16:57:40 CDT 1996

Well, I guess "commonly found" is a thing relative to where one lives.
In the Sydney, Australia, region, the funnel web spider is common.  The
female (a cocktail of 4 venoms) can be lethal, and the male is lethal (a
cocktail of 5 venoms).  The funnel web is seasonally very common, and
when I was there, one of the best collecting tools was a swimming pool
filled with water.  The funnel webs can survive about 2 days at the
bottom of the pool before drowning.

I spoke to two people in the Sydney area who had been bitten by a funnel
web.  In both cases, I was told that there was an instant muscle tetany,
and you felt like someone had hit you in the stomach with the side of a
2X8 inch plank.  And there was pain like you wouldn't believe.  Both
men had anti-venin injected within 5 minutes.  Both were out of
commission for months.

How about assessing the tiger snake and the small scaled snake and the
brown snake of Australia?  They kills ya dead, and the bites are painful.

Clubionids are spiders, Class Arachnida.

I think that the "index of pain" is relative to an individual only.
Next, does the index of pain consider lethal biters/stingers, where one
is near death, then saved by anti-venin, or only non-lethal

I think that a bit of taxonomy has to be done here first (e.g., first
family, Stingsidae: genus: Nonlethalus; second genus Lethalus. Second
family, Bitesidae: genus Nonkillemus; second genus Killemdeadus).  Now,
go from there.

Robin Leech

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