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Thu 28th May 2015 15:05 by Peter Harvey
This is Steatoda bipunctata, a variable spider which is harmless to humans and widespread in buildings and gardens.

Can you please provide a full postcode so that your record can be added to the recording scheme.

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Thu 28th May 2015 12:58 by Daniel Cunnah
Mystery Spiders In My Garden
Please can someone help identify this spider - thanks in advance!Mystery Spider In My Garden Copyright: Daniel Cunnah
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Wed 20th May 2015 18:00 by Peter Harvey
Although the most likely species by far is Zodarion italicum, I assume you have already ruled this out.

The best summary of Zodarion for Western and central Europe is in the BAS Bulletin, Bosmans, R. 1997. Revision of the genus Zodarion Walckenaer, 1833, part II. Western and central Europe, including Italy (Araneae: Zodariidae). Bull. Br. arachnol. Soc. 10 (8): 265-294. Z. vicinum is in the BAS Bulletin Snazell, R. & Bosmans, R. 1998. Zodarion vicinum Denis, 1935: New to Britain, and in newsletter 81 with figures, Newsl. Br. arachnol. Soc. 81: 8-10. There are figures of Z. fuscum in Askins, M. 1999. Zodarion fuscum (Simon, 1870): a spider new to Britain. Newsl. Br. arachnol. Soc. 86: 11. I can email these to you since they are not SRS News issues on this website. PS, if your Zodarion is not adult, you will not get to a species.

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Wed 20th May 2015 15:25 by Evan Jones
Zodariid Copyright: Evan Jones

Hi Peter, I will take this one to Tony this weekend. I have not seen a Uk zodariid before and I cannot do it from Roberts.

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Sun 17th May 2015 18:29 by Peter Harvey
Dear Michael

Thanks for the details

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Sun 17th May 2015 17:22 by Michael Ackland
Data for Hypomma bituberculatum
Hypomma bituberaculum: 1 male, swept from plants on woodland path. Collected 19 May 2015. Locality: Pymore Fen in Pymore, ! mile N of Bridport. Site: VC9, Ref. SY469947. A small fen with a narrow woodland enclosing it on north side. A path runs through the wood and along a stream which feeds the fen. Michael Ackland.
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Fri 15th May 2015 22:30 by Peter Harvey
No, you had both pictures posted but then both together again, so they did not show. I sorted that out.
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Fri 15th May 2015 19:27 by Michael Ackland
Thanks Peter. I will post the data over the weekend. I was puzzled because the text and pictures uploaded to 'My stuff' OK, but not on the forum page at the time. I assume one has to wait a little time?

Michael Ackland

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Fri 15th May 2015 17:37 by Peter Harvey
This is Hypomma bituberculatum, a wetland spider, see Hypomma bituberculatum page. We would certainly like details for the recording scheme, site name, grid reference, date etc.
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Fri 15th May 2015 14:53 by Michael Ackland
Re male palp ID
palp 2 Copyright: Michael Acklandorange red spider Copyright: Michael Ackland

I submit a photo of the spider and two views of the male palp. I am not geared up to take 'normal' photos, only photomicrographs using a compound microscope. I have attempted a shot of the spider, which is 2.5-3mm long. I am pretty sure it is a Linyphidae species, and if so the palp is not figured in Roberts (1995). But in the restricted Linyphidae part there is a drawing on p. 347 of Hypomma fulvum, which shows the black abdomen and lighter carapace. My specimen also has the raised carapace as shown in tghe drawing, and the same number of eyes. I see this species occurs in fens, and I caught it sweeping for flies in a small fen near Bridport. Of course I have no details of the other species of this genus. I can provide further details of locality etc if it is necessary.

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Fri 15th May 2015 10:38 by Carl Skepper
Thank You
Thanks Peter :)
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Fri 15th May 2015 07:25 by Peter Harvey
Re: Male palp ID
It may be possible, but most likely not. It depends on the photograph, the species and all the other species with similar palps. In my personal opinion, it is a major mistake to try and identify most male spiders from photographs of palps, which are usually complex 3-dimensional structures which can look very different at slightly different angles, and where fine details are required for species id. This leaves aside other factors like size, and all the different features required to be sure of what you are actually looking at, such as patterns, eye arrangement, leg spines, trichobothria etc etc. You don't indicate what kind of spider you have, so can't really be more helpful. If you have the spider, by far the best action is to send it to someone who can identify it.

You are welcome to send it to me at 32 Lodge Lane, Grays, Essex RM16 2YP.

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Fri 15th May 2015 07:18 by Peter Harvey
Re: Scotophaeus blackwalli (?) for confirmation please
No, I don't think this is Scotophaeus. Most likely Clubiona reclusa, but adult under a microscope is needed.
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Thu 14th May 2015 16:25 by Michael Ackland
Male palp ID
Is it possible for an expert to ID a spider from a photograph of a male palp?  I have an idea what it is from Roberts (1995), but he does not figure this species. If so, I will post the photo with details. Roberts is the only reference book I have at present.

Incidentally I met Locket in the 1960's when he visited the Hope Dept. in Oxford to study the Pickard Cambridge Collection. A charming man!  I was responsible for maintaining the collection, although I am a dipterist.

Michael Ackland

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Thu 14th May 2015 16:14 by Carl Skepper
Scotophaeus blackwalli (?) for confirmation please
CS15E01K Copyright: Carl Skepper Art and Photography

Hi all, new registered user here. I found this spider slowly crawling around a nettle leaf in East Cheshire. After much hunting around to try and ID I believe it is possibly a mouse spider. However, I see from your ID scale that it is perhaps not that easy to recognise. Thanks for any help in identification.

Regards, Carl Skepper

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Tue 12th May 2015 11:36 by Peter Harvey
Not sure really, need to see the abdomen etc. I can only suggest juvenile or subadult female Euophrys frontalis, see eg. http://www.quickblink.com/euophrys-frontalis-juvenile-p-242.html link .
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Mon 11th May 2015 12:38 by Paul Cobb
Jumper 2015 Copyright: Paul Cobb Hi Peter. I been out again looking for the lovely Aelurillus v insignitus at Alder hills N/R in Poole but had no luck this time. However i did spot this one and it was the only capture. Could you Id from this. Many Thanks Paul cobb.
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Mon 11th May 2015 11:18 by Evan Jones
Hi Peter, 2015 season up and running. Just posted picture of Euophrys herbigrada in East Sussex. will send record shortly.
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Thu 7th May 2015 19:35 by Peter Harvey
Yes, the pronounced flange on the side of the male palp is visible, so definitely this species.
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Thu 7th May 2015 11:49 by Martin Cooper
male Sitticus pubescens for confirmation please
I found a Jumping Spider in my upstairs bath in my home in Ipswich (East Suffolk, TM166450) on 3 May 2015. I took some photos then let it go. The photos have led to the spider being identified in the Facebook British Spider Identification group as a male Sitticus pubescens. The photos can be seen in the following Flickr album. https://flic.kr/s/aHskaVbcnK link I am seeking a second opinion on the ID. Please let me know if there is any difficulty accessing the photos on Flickr and I'll upload them here. Best wishes, Martin
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Mon 4th May 2015 13:42 by Dan Watson
Tibellus sp.
Thanks Peter, I'll keep an eye out for more later in the year.
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Fri 1st May 2015 19:33 by Peter Harvey
No, not really at all. Firstly it will be juvenile this early, and secondly it could well be T. maritimus.
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Fri 1st May 2015 11:16 by Dan Watson
Tibellus sp.
This photo was taken on the 30th of April below Buachaille Etive Mor (NN2395 5419) in an area of blanket bog 250m a.s.l. Tibellus sp. Copyright: Dan Watson From the habitat and location is it safe to record it as Tibellus oblongus?
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