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February 27, 1892

Bitten by a Katipo.—

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(9):268. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411130024005

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Abstract

It is not long since a fatal result from the sting of the honey-bee was reported from Tivoli, Pennsylvania. This case is spoken of by the editor of Insect Life, November, as well-authenticated. The same journal quotes, in the same connection, a statement from a New Zealand paper the serious, but not fatal, effects of a katipo-bite. The subject of this injury was a waterman of the port of Auckland, who went hunting rabbits on the adjacent island of Motutapu. While there he received a bite on the leg from what he states was a katipo, which caused great pain and subsequent œdema. He was taken to the hospital, and it was considered a possible result that an amputation of his leg would be required. The katipo is a riparian spider, black, with red markings, whose name is derived from the Maori language. The animal is known to zoölogists

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