Ocular injury caused by tarantula hairs

R. Doyle Stulting, R. James Hooper, H. Dwight Cavanagh

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Hairy spiders of the family Theraphosidae (commonly called tarantulas) possess specialized hairs on the dorsal surface of the abdomen; these hairs have long been known to cause skin irritation. Because of the popularity of these animals as pets, we wish to call attention to the possibility of ocular injury from the urticating hairs of the tarantula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-119
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1983


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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