BrainBug and I are getting together tonight at 7:30 Central time to talk about the Joro spider. Or perhaps more accurately, the media’s hysterics over Joro.
More short-sighted stupidity from an institution of higher learning » « An amusing evo-psych put-down
FWIW on the swallowing spiders in one’s sleep myth see :
Plus some interesting reader comments / responses here :
Via the Guardian.
As for the spider species mentioned – see :
For the Katipo & for those endangered by the pet trade see :
As well as :
Plus, of course, there’s always wikipedia as a first stop which generally seems pretty good here to me in this area :
Also the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species see :
(Hopefully that link works or type Poecilotheria into their seacrh box and see genus listing to choose various individual species incl. P formosa & rufilata.)