Woman hospitalised after suspected funnel-web spider bite

A WOMAN in her 70s was taken to hospital after reports a funnel-web spider bit her between the toes.

Paramedics were called to the Warrego Hwy at Tivoli just before 7am this morning.

The woman was taken to Ipswich Hospital in a stable condition.

Funnel-webs are among the most deadly arachnids in the world, with 35 sub-species known around the country. Six of those have been known to cause severe injuries to humans.

Although bites can cause severe injuries to victims the use of antivenom has stopped the number of fatalities since it was introduced.

The primary range of the arachnid is the eastern coast of Australia, with specimens found in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, and Queensland.