id difficulty for Meioneta mossica

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Identification difficulty rating=4
The Recording Scheme would require confirmation in the majority of cases, e.g. specimen having been checked by the appropriate Area Organiser or an acknowledged expert.

The epigyne of the female is very similiar to M.saxatilis and may need dissection for a positive identification. M mossica occurs in wet boggy places mostly in the north of Britain.

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Males and females may present different identification difficulty in spiders. These identification ratings are based on the most difficult identification. New species may become recognised or become part of the British fauna e.g. from Europe, so identification should be made with the awareness that this is a possibility and that confirmation may be needed in the form of a voucher specimen.