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Herbert W. Levi

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Professor Zoology Emerit.

Harvard University
79 JFK St.
Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138
United States

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Bucket, 25 Nov 2007 [cached]
Herbert W. Levi, now retired from Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, says, "There are about 500 kinds of spiders in the area, many without common names.
Journal of Arachnology Editors, 5 April 2010 [cached]
Herbert W. Levi -- Harvard University
The Taunton Gazette - News and Sports - 08/05/2005 - Bite victims, experts differ on spider theory, 5 Aug 2005 [cached]
Which is why Herbert Levi, a retired professor of biology at Harvard University and a renowned spider expert, says, in effect, show me the proof.
Speaking by phone from his home in Pepperell, Levi said that any talk of an arachnid - be it brown or otherwise - being responsible for such bites and wounds is pure bunk.
"It was unlikely a spider," Levi said."Maybe it was a wasp, or a black fly or poison ivy."And, he added, "You would not be bitten by a spider outside."
Levi said there is simply no record of the feared brown recluse spider, or its less dangerous cousin L. laeta, having ever appeared in Massachusetts or New England.
He did say there is a type of black widow that resides in gravel on Cape Cod.
Levi also said that in 1962, he personally, and literally, stumbled across a member of a community of dangerous Argentinean brown spiders that for 30 years had been holed up in a campus building.
"They (school officials) tried to keep it a secret," Levi said, adding that the entire lot of the eight-legged creatures were successfully exterminated.
BZN 65(1) Comments, 31 Mar 2008 [cached]
(3) Herbert W. Levi Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-2902, U.S.A. (e-mail:
Levi, H.W. 1971. The diadematus group of the orb-weaver genus Araneus North of Mexico (Araneae: Araneidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology , 141(4): 131-179.
  The type designation made by Levi (1971) is invalid, because it ignores the earlier type designation made by Latreille (1810). Levi (1971) suggested that Aranea diadema be designated as the type species of Aranea Linnaeus, 1758 and Araneus angulatus is confirmed as the type species of Araneus Clerk, 1758. If this approach was followed, Aranea would become an older objective synonym of Epeira Walckenaer, 1805 and a junior subjective synonym of Araneus Clerk, 1758. The purpose of this action is unclear, as both species are considered to belong to the same genus. If in the future the recently accepted large genus Araneus is subdivided into smaller genera in such a manner that the species presently identified as Araneus angulatus and Araneus diadema will fall into different genera, these genera will get the hardly distinguishable names Araneus and Aranea respectively, instead of the distinct names Araneus and Epeira. If these taxa are elevated to the family-group rank, their names will become identical, and a new ruling by Commission will be necessary. The suggestion made by Levi (1971) does not clarify the situation with the recently used family name ARANEIDAE Latreille, 1806. When the family-group name ARANEIDAE was established, its type genus Aranea was interpreted as being based on Aranea domestica (which was subsequently designated as the type species by Latreille (1810)). This interpretation of Aranea is different from that based on the type species proposed by Levi (1971).
AAUP at Work, 23 May 2002 [cached]
Herbert LeviHarvard University
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