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Mon 18th October 2021 10:18 by Emily Lomas
Spider Id please
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Dark glossy spider with reddish sheen to black back. Around 1cm length body Thanks

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Sun 17th October 2021 11:01 by Don Matthews
possible Paroligolophus agrestis
I've been setting my moth trap within the John Muir Trust's Quinag estate near Lochinver in West Sutherland to contribute records to the wildlife list for the area. This includes trying to identify anything that ends up in the moth trap, not just the moths. This small (4mm) harvestman, which looks to my eye like Paroligolophus agrestis, was in the trap set at NC211252 on 12 October 2021 (2 photos of same individual). But is my tentative identification correct? possible Paroligolophus agrestis 1 Copyright: Don Matthews possible Paroligolophus agrestis 2 Copyright: Don Matthews
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Sat 16th October 2021 17:30 by Geoff Oxford
Dear David, Yes, certainly not an Eratigena or Tegenaria species. It does look like Liocranum rupicola BUT examination of a specimen is required, especially as it is from an area hitherto without records of this species. Geoff
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Sat 16th October 2021 15:42 by Peter Harvey
Hi Kate, please see the Green-fanged Tube Web Spider and Segestria florentina pages on this website.
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Sat 16th October 2021 13:26 by Kate Brooe
Tube Web Spider
Hi I am new to this forum. I have joined as I've become fascinated with the Tube Web spider that lives in my courtyard. The tube web is located in a hole under my electric box on the wall. The spider is very large and I had quite a fright when it shot out it's web to catch it's prey. I have never seen anything quite like this! She/he has beautiful shiny black legs and when sitting at the entrance six legs are visible. There are many baby tube webs all over the wall in tiny tube webs. I have been told to destroy them as it could become an infestation but I am reluctant to do this. From research I have found that these spiders are nocturnal and prefer to be outside rather than in houses and are not aggressive if left alone. I also found a young adult under a pot in my courtyard.

I would be interested in any further information anyone can give me. Are these spiders a threat to our native spiders and should I have them removed or can I leave them be and carry on enjoying my night time observations?

I am based in Stroud Gloucestershire.

Many thanks

Kate

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Wed 13th October 2021 18:28 by Peter Harvey
You cannot separate Philodromus albidus/rufus sens. str. without very careful microscopical examination of the adult male palp or female epigyne, and even then both males and females are not easily separated without reliably identified reference material, and females may need dissection to view the internal organs. Your one will almost certainly be P. albidus, which used to be a very scarce spider but has become much more widespread and frequent in more recent years (check out the Time series maps link on the species page).
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Wed 13th October 2021 10:10 by Darren Ball
Philodromus albidus / rufus?
Hi All. Just joined up - feel like my burgeoning interest in spiders could do with some recording of what I find... Anyway, thought I'd kick-off with a lovely Philodromus sp. that I photographed earlier in the summer. Unsure of exact species, but under good authority it's been suggested as either albidus / rufus. Anyway, (she) was a beautiful color. Location / date: SO305155 (Abergavenny, South Wales), 15 / 06 / 21

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Thu 7th October 2021 12:29 by David Blackledge
Liocranum?
Hi All

A Cumbria naturalist sent me these photos recently and without looking properly was going to pass them off as a Tegenaria / Eratigena sp. but abdominal patterning and length of those palps made me look again - perhaps the recorder / photographers shout for Liocranum rupicola could be good?  It is not a species I'm familiar with, and it is difficult to judge from the angle of the shots whether the posterior row of eyes could be slightly recurved?  Be interesting to hear others thoughts?!  These were taken indoors in South Cumbria on 22nd September

South Cumbria Oct 2021 (1) Copyright: David Blackledge

South Cumbria Oct 2021 Copyright: David Blackledge

Regards Dave

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Tue 5th October 2021 17:51 by Philip Morris
Help with identification
I took these two photos at Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff - postcode CF5 6SU on 16/09/21. I would like to know what species it is as I have never seen a spider like this before. Thank you for your help!

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Sun 3rd October 2021 18:43 by Ben Morris
Hello! Only recently joined so sorry if this is a common query. Who do I send records to if there is no area organiser for my area? I'm in South Gloucestershire so I'd be in west or east Gloucester. Thanks!
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Sun 3rd October 2021 08:22 by Meg Skinner
Dicranopalpus sighting (Kathleen Hodgson)
Hi Kathleen, This does appear to be Dicranopalpus ramosus - these are very similar to the recently described Dicranopalpus caudatus which are slightly smaller and have some subtle differences in features (please see our species pages for more info). Dicranopalpus ramosus does adopt this classic 'legs out to the side' posture which is thought to be as a means of camouflage. They are also commonly found in/around buildings, tree trunks, vegetation and are more arboreal than some other harvestmen (even the very new arrival Dicranopalpus larvatus). Please do keep posting any more photos and thanks for sharing!
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