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Tue 10th July 2012 01:55 by Marco McGinty
OK, thanks for that Peter.  Without having to resort to microscopic equipment, is there a list of arachnids that can be identified by sight or from photographs and if so, is there a decent illustrated publication that one can refer to?  I often find that literature in the UK for less common invertebrate groups is sadly lacking and I find constant websearching tedious and frustrating.  I would much rather read or look for the information in a book!

I have another couple of photos that, through my internet searches, I have arrived at possible identifications.  The first I believe is Tetragnatha extensa, and was photographed on 15 June 2010 on the Portencross Coast SSSI in Ayrshire (appx grid ref NS176502).  The link for this is;http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/portal.php/p/Picture/r/view/s/Tetragnatha+for+ID/u/228/x/70d22449 link

The other (due to its habitat) I have a feeling could be Larinioides sclopetarius.  This was taken at the Marine Construction Yard, Hunterston in Ayrshire on 25 June 2012 and the grid reference for this is NS186532.  The link for this is; http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/portal.php/p/Picture/r/view/s/L.+sclopetarius+for+ID/u/228/x/70d22449 link

Any help gratefully received.

Marco

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