id difficulty for Cryptachaea blattea

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Identification difficulty rating=5
Even the most expert of recorders should seek a second opinion or the species is so rare that we would want confirmation by a national expert even if relatively easy to recognise. Voucher specimen of adult required to be examined by national expert.

First female specimen found in UK in August 2011 on the Isle of Wight and identified by Barbara Knoflach .See Zootaxa 2133 for genitalia illustrations also to be found in BAS newsletter 123.

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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.