I found this spider on my kitchen floor and thought it doesn't look like a 'normal' house spider. Sorry the picture is not too good and makes it look huge but I wanted to zoom in so the strange white markings can be seen, they look a bit like a smiley face. The spider was roughly about the size of a 10p. Please someone help me out and name what it is, I well be very grateful!!
It's not a species that is generally referred to as the "house spider" (Tegenaria), but she is a spider that is commonly found in British houses. It's very difficult to be 100% positive because of the photo quality, but from the arrangement of the eyes, general bodyshape and pale band around the abdomen, I'd say it is likely a Steatoda (false widow). They are not aggressive & quite docile, avoiding direct contact with humans (though obviously happy to live in close proximity...so we do cross paths occasionally).
I have 3 different Steadoda species sharing my flat, they bother me much less than some other spiders! ;-)
Xygiella x-notata (missing sector spider) can also be mistaken for a Steatoda, fairly similar body shape, and a pale band around the front of the abdomen, but markings don't seem to concur with the "smiley face"?
I agree, definitely not a teggie, but hard to say from this photo. Do you have another photo? Are you in the South?
Whilst i wasn't able to confirm for sure, i'm positive i was sharing my bedroom with a Steatoda triangulosa earlier this year. It's markings were a bit 'facey'.
The official distrubition of the triangulosa would suggest i'm wrong about the spider i saw, and more wrong still about the possibility of your spider being a triangulosa, but i'm still inclined to suggest you check out: