Assuming there is no obvious pattern on the part of the abdomen not visible in the photograph, then I think it is safe to say this is Steatoda grossa, yes. Can you provide a postcode or Ordnance Survey grid reference so that we can add your record to the recording scheme.
Please see attached image of an unusual spider I came across whilst disassembling a summer house in a garden in Abingdon Oxfordshire. I found it underneath the base (floor) of the summer house. There were three of the same species, and I took this photo of the lager one which was about the size of an average grape. I touched the spiders abdomen and it instantly curled into a ball to protect itself by wrapping its legs around its body. I have been intrigued as I am 33 years old and have not came across this species of spider in the UK.
Please can you identify this spider, and let me know of its bite capability. Having done a little research myself I suspect it is the False Widow (Steatoda grossa). However, I have not been able to find anything definitive to confirm this as there are quite a few different species, and it’s difficult to match other images of the false widow with the attached image
Please can someone help me to identify this?
I get the impression that it is not known well. Theo Blick from Eurospiders gave the ID. It is known patchily from Italy to Israel. That is all I can find so far
They are about 3-4 mm. I found the male upside down under what I thought was a very fine sheet web(!!) between stones at ground level. The female I found under a stone close by and I must have destroyed her web in turning the stone. They could be immature although I had assumed not - in fact they look immature on close inspection of photos.
Cyrtophora is a really big spider. I know it well with it's domed sheets in things like prickly pear in southern Spain.
Sitticus distinguendus is a species very unlikely indeed to occur in gardens, and is currently only known from a small area at West Thurrock Marshes on stony saline (slightly salty) habitat, where it is present in reasonable numbers, and in a small area of chalky ground on Swanscombe Peninsula, across the river from West Thurrock, where only very few spiders have been found.
If you can get a decent photograph of your spiders, it might be possible to be sure.
Being far from knowledgeable about spiders myself, I wondered if someone here might know if this particular spider is very similar to other, perhaps less rare, jumping spiders please?
The reason I ask is because I've lived in Swanscombe since the age of 2 (am now 50!), roughly 1-1.5 miles from this particular site. As a child, I can clearly remember watching small black/dark brown and white jumping spiders scurrying in and out of the holes in the garden wall at my parents' home and they're still there even today. Might it just be coincidence, or could this species in fact have been living locally for much longer than is thought, do you suppose? Any opinions gratefully received, thank you very much!
Yep, found two in Corfu. But check out the front leg hairs! They are iridescent with a bright green look. At first I thought my first specimen had a bit of fresh grass stuck to it's leg. Spider-hunting spider this is!
Your What the heck picture from Corfu is Palpimanus gibbulus, a nice spider. Fortunately the only species in the genus in Europe.
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