Papers in the Biological Sciences



Stefano Mammola

Laura Segura-Hernández

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Scientific Data (2022) 9:109





Mass media plays an important role in the construction and circulation of risk perception associated with animals. Widely feared groups such as spiders frequently end up in the spotlight of traditional and social media. We compiled an expert-curated global database on the online newspaper coverage of human-spider encounters over the past ten years (2010– 2020). This database includes information about the location of each human-spider encounter reported in the news article and a quantitative characterisation of the content—location, presence of photographs of spiders and bites, number and type of errors, consultation of experts, and a subjective assessment of sensationalism. In total, we collected 5348 unique news articles from 81 countries in 40 languages. The database refers to 211 identified and unidentified spider species and 2644 unique human-spider encounters (1121 bites and 147 as deadly bites). To facilitate data reuse, we explain the main caveats that need to be made when analysing this database and discuss research ideas and questions that can be explored with it.

Co-authors include: Stefano Mammola 1,2 ✉, Jagoba Malumbres-Olarte 1,3,61, Valeria A rabesky4,5, Diego Alejandro Barrales-Alcalá 6, Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo 7, Marco A ntonio Benamú 8,9,10, Tharina L. Bird 11,12, Maria Bogomolova13, Pedro C ardoso 1, Maria C hatzaki 14, Ren-Chung C heng 15, Tien-Ai C hu 15, Leticia M. C lassen-Rodríguez 16, Iva Čupić17, Naufal Urfi Dhiya’ulhaq 18, André-Philippe Drapeau P icard 19, Hisham K. E l-Hennawy20, Mert Elverici 21, Caroline S. Fukushima 1, Zeana Ganem22,23, Efrat Gavish-Regev 22, Naledi T . Gonnye24, Axel Hacala 25, Charles R. Haddad 26, Thomas Hesselberg 27, Tammy A i Tian Ho 28, Thanakorn I nto29, Marco I saia30, Dharmaraj Jayaraman 31, Nanguei Karuaera32, Rajashree Khalap33, Kiran Khalap33, Dongyoung Kim 34, Tuuli Korhonen1, Simona Kralj-Fišer 35, Heidi Land36, Shou-Wang Lin 36, Sarah Loboda 37, Elizabeth Lowe 38, Yael Lubin 5,39, Alejandro Martínez 2, Zingisile Mbo26, Marija Miličić 1,40, Grace Mwende Kioko41, Veronica Nanni 30,42, Yusoff Norma- Rashid 43, Daniel Nwankwo44, Christina J. P ainting 45, Aleck P ang46, Paolo Pantini47, Martina P avlek17,48, Richard P earce49, Booppa P etcharad29, Julien P étillon 25,50, Onjaherizo C hristian R aberahona51, Joni A . Saarinen1, Laura Segura-Hernández 52, Lenka Sentenská 53, Gabriele Uhl 36, Leilani Walker54,55, Charles M. Warui56, Konrad Wiśniewski 57, Alireza Zamani58, Catherine Scott 37,61 & Angela C huang 59,60,61

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