Spider identification has become a bit of a hobby since discovering our garden is a bit of a hot bed for spider activity.
We recently discovered the biggest false widow we have seen as well as playing tug-of-war with a few garden spiders that live under our decking but this morning I came into our living room and noticed a big long strand of web from our patio doors to the shelf unit which is a good couple of meters apart.
So I followed the web to identify the spider. This spider is not one i have ever seen before in my house. It has long skinny legs that close in front of its body at rest (which is how I found him) and a long skinny body. I typed this description into google, like every other newbie spider hunter and found a picture that matched the spider I have trapped. Upon clicking the link I have found that this spider maybe the Guatemalan long jawed spider. I can see its jaws quite clearly with out need of a magnifying glass.
Now it seems to be a very long way from home. Is this species one that we are familiar with in the UK? If not do I need to contact anyone and is it venomous?
I would appreciate if any one has any information that they could share. I will also try to get some good pictures. (The pictures I have attached are ones found from google search)
Not the best picture but he is sitting in a high sided glass. Just incase he tries to escape.
Bev, this is one of our native UK Long Jawed spiders, Araneae: Tetragnathidae. From what I can see I would go Tetragnatha montana on this example, which is a common and widespread species - so back out to the garden with it.
I cant wait to see what other spiders you are going to find
He is now safely back outside. Going to try and get a picture of what we have now roughly identified as a large house spider playing tug-of-war. There's 3 of them under the decking.