Toxic masculinity: why male funnel web spiders are so dangerous

22 Sep 2020
Close up and terrifying: the deadly funnel web spider (Credit: Dr David Wilson).

A team of University of Queensland researchers has revealed why male funnel web spiders develop much deadlier venom than their female counterparts.

Led by UQ’s Associate Professor Bryan Fry, the team has spent 20 years investigating delta-hexatoxins, the venom peptides that make funnel web spider venom so dangerous.

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