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Jul 1, 2013 12:01 PM

Please help ID this spider

Hi everyone , i hoping that someone could help ID this spider please , it was found at my friends work place , its a small spider about a inch long , just never seen a spider like this , its a fleshy looking with massive fangs ,

 

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    Jul 1, 2013 1:05 PM (in response to Katywright)
    Re: Please help ID this spider

    Hi Katy,

     

    Interesting one!

     

    At first glance I thought it could be a Clubiona sp. Perhaps a faded looking Dysdera sp. Or even a Atypus sp.

     

    I don't suppose you have another photo? It almost looks like this spider has just two eyes...

     

    I'm sure this isn't the case, but if it does just have two eyes, it could suggest something far more interesting like a Caponiidae.

     

    Do you still have the spider? Or has it gotten away?

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      Jul 1, 2013 3:35 PM (in response to Katywright)
      Re: Please help ID this spider

      Possibly could be a Drassodes also? A shame we don't have a shot from above to better see the posterier eyes.

       

      As you can see Katy, there are a good few likely candidates, that are commonly seen, for your friend's spider. Adult spiders don't tend to live in shared nests, unless they have just hatched spiderlings. Clubionids and Drassodes are usually solitary predators, hunting by wandering on the ground & walls, mostly at night...so because you have seen one, it doesn't necessarily mean that there will be many more nearby.

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          Jul 1, 2013 4:27 PM (in response to Katywright)
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          Well, both Drassodes and Clubiona are known to be able to inflict a bite on a human, but this is a very rare occurence (I find both species in my home, as well as others). A bite maybe sore for a few days but not dangerous. Nevertheless, I wouldn't be too keen to handle them. They can often be scooped up in a paper/thin card cone (end of the cone folded over to stop them dropping right through), or a scoop made from the top half of a soft plastic pop bottle (remember to keep the lid on the bottle if trying this!).

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