One adult female of Cupiennius salei was found as dry specimen in the collection of Naturalis Biodiversity Center. It was labelled as being found on bananas which were imported from Central America, but year and locality were not given. Cupiennius salei is easily recognized by its colour patterns on the chelicera, cephalothorax and the dorsal and ventral side of the abdomen. Contrary to the other large ‘banana spiders’ from the Ctenidae family, Phoneutria species, Cupiennius species poses no threat to human health.

exotic species, import, medical importance
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J. Noordijk, & K. van Dorp. (2018). Een geïmporteerd exemplaar van de ‘bananenspin’ Cupiennius salei (Araneae: Ctenidae) aangetroffen in de Naturalis-collectie. Nieuwsbrief SPINED, 37, 25–27.

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