Recluse spider sightings an email hoax

A hoax email alleging that the venomous Recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) has been found in New Zealand has been circulating since 2003.

Recluse spiders are not found in New Zealand. Although there are some spiders in NZ which may look similar, they are not venomous.

NZ is fortunate to only have two venomous spiders, the Redback and the Katipo. Click here for more information about NZ spiders.