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Aug 29, 2013 7:09 PM

SPIDER INDENTIFICATION

I found a spider underneath an old wooden patio table that I was wrecking earlier today. It was hidden between the top of a table leg and the horizontal wooden spars of the underneath. It was jet black...it's body was the size of a garden pea with NO markings on it. It's legs seemed to be an inch of so long. It was not disturbed by the actions of a power saw. I've taken some photos of it but haven't downloaded them yet.Any ideas please? My wife thought that it may be a false black widow....but there were definately no markings on it's body. Many thanks.

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    Aug 29, 2013 10:18 PM (in response to BURMESECATSLAVE)
    Re: SPIDER INDENTIFICATION

    It would be good to see pics.

     

    The most likely false widow to have no markings at all is Steatoda grossa, can appear black but are often dark, purple-ish in colour. Sometimes little & feint arrow-like markings are visible.

     

    Steatoda bipuncta can have a thin stripe down the back of the abdomen, that can be mistaken for reflection/shine.

     

    Google images of these two and see what you think, how do they compare to your pics.

     

    False widows are not aggressive spiders, I wouldn't be unduly concerned, remove any you find indoors to outdoors if they worry you.

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