Can you please provide a full postcode so that your record can be added to the recording scheme.
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.
Thanks for the details
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.
You are welcome to send it to me at 32 Lodge Lane, Grays, Essex RM16 2YP.
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.
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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