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Tue 30th April 2013 14:34 by Peter Harvey
Thanks for the location info. No, it will not be P. erratica, from an urban situation or in a southern lowland area.
Tue 30th April 2013 09:52 by Paul Cobb
second jumper Copyright: Paul Cobb

Last year capture of Pseudeuophrys lanigera in bh14 9hj. grid ref SZ045918, As you can see the markings are different. Sorry new to id of spiders. Last upload could it be Pseudeuophrys erratica. Paul.

Tue 30th April 2013 07:01 by Peter Harvey
This looks like Pseudeuophrys lanigera. Can you provide a location (postcode or Ordnance Survey grid reference) please so that your record can be added to the recording scheme
Mon 29th April 2013 23:28 by Paul Cobb
Jumping spider Id.
Jumping spider Id. Copyright: Paul Cobb

Came across this jumping spider this morning and need some help with the id. I do find these little jumper so much fun and found 3 species last year in my garden. Could this be a fourth.

Thank you Paul.

Thu 25th April 2013 10:11 by Evan Jones
Clubiona genevensis
Great spider record that Richard Gallon has just posted. Looks like a new montane habitat rather than established maritime. New to me anyway. Is that correct Richard? Nice images of an attractive spider as well!
Mon 22nd April 2013 20:45 by Peter Harvey
Re Araniella
Araniella cucurbitina sens. lat. means the species cucurbitina in its old wider sense, either A. cucurbitina or opisthographa, which were for a long time not considered to be separate species but varieties of cucurbitina. A. cucurbitina sens. str. means A. cucurbitina in its strict modern sense, as a distinct species separate to A. opisthographa.

It is impossible to identify juvenile or subadult Araniella to species level, although the two widespread species most likely to be encountered are A. cucurbitina or opisthographa. Even examination of the adult female epigynes or male palps under a microscope can present difficulties, since the differences are not always easy to see.

Sun 21st April 2013 19:55 by Jim Pewtress
I caught an immature male Araniella sp yesterday and tentatively identified it as cucurbitina or opisthographa . I noticed on the SRS site that there are two cucurbitina with the same name but with either sens lat or sens str at the end. What does this mean and is it possible to tell them apart.

Jim Pewtress

Mon 8th April 2013 17:32 by Peter Harvey
re: tube web spider
Hi Maggie

Can you explain which spider you mean by "the tube web"? Quite a lot of British spiders make webs with tubes. Without a photograph, it is probably not going to be possible to suggest which spider you found.


Mon 8th April 2013 17:17 by Maggie Hellier
tube web spider

Do not have a photo as I was not prepared but whilst tidying the garden today, found a small spider with a pebble like body and red (almost ginger ) head and legs..legs more at the front of the body. Have never seen one like this before...I hate spiders..totally phobic about them but as this one was so unusual, I googled it which led me to this site. Checked out photos and it looked most like the tube web...However, I live on the south coast where, apparently, they are not normally seen!!!


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