Medusa spider

{{I=Medusaspider.jpg=180=right=Dr. Arzt holds a Medusa spider. {{crossref}}}}

The '''Medusa spider''' (''Latrodectus regina'') is a dangerous species of spider found on the Island.

Dr. Arzt showed Nikki a female Medusa spider in a jar, one of more than 20 species of insects and arachnids he had collected since crashing on the Island.  He explained to her that the Medusa spider was very dangerous and that the female's pheromones were so powerful that, if the jar was opened, every male on the Island would be drawn to her in seconds.  When Nikki learned that Paulo has recovered their stolen diamonds without telling her, she used the live Medusa spider specimen to attack him.  After Paulo was bitten, she revealed to him that the venom of the Medusa spider wouldn't kill him, but would cause paralysis lasting for approximately 8 hours, so profound that even a doctor wouldn't be able to hear his heartbeat. {{crossref}}  

Arzt's information about the pheromones was proven correct when multiple male Medusa spiders appeared in the grove following Nikki's release of the female Medusa spider from the jar.  Nikki was bitten too, and both Nikki and Paulo subsequently died after being buried alive while paralyzed, having been mistaken for dead by their fellow Oceanic Flight 815 survivors.
{{I=Spider._Expose.jpg‎=180=right=A specimen freely traverses the Island. {{crossref}}}}

==Trivia==
*The NYC taxi cab sound effect associated with the Monster can be heard just before Nikki is bitten by the other spiders. In the Official_Lost_Podcast/March_21%2C_2008, 2008 edition of the Official Lost Podcast, Damon says the Medusa spiders were a form of the Monster.
* In {{ep}} Arzt is seen catching spiders, as well.
* The Medusa spider is a fictional species.
* Arzt refers to his Medusa spider as ''wikipediaLatrodectus regina'', which would make it a member of the widow spider genus.   
* "Medusa" in Greek and "regina" in Latin both translate to "queen."
* "Medusa" could also reference a creature of Greek mythology a snake-haired Gorgon which could turn people to stone upon eye contact.
* The spider used in filming is ''wikipediaArgiope appensa'' which is from a different family of spiders than the genus ''wikipediaLatrodectus''.
*The "males" are also females, as the real males are much smaller. ''Argiope appensa'' was introduced in Hawaii and is a very common there. It's natural range is in Taiwan and New Guinea.
*A featurette about the real-world spider handlers used for the filming of ''Lost'' is an easter egg in the deleted scenes section of the Lost The Complete Third Season (DVD).

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