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Sep 23, 2013 1:19 PM

Help identifying spider

Found this one in the garden last night.  We love the skull marking on his abdomen.  Does anyone know what it is?

 

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    Sep 23, 2013 6:19 PM (in response to loupo)
    Re: Help identifying spider

    Hi Loupo,

     

    Interesting pic.

     

    The spider looks very much like Nuctenea umbratica, but the "skull" markings aren't typical for that species.

     

    So, I wonder whether they are due to reflected light catching certain surfaces of the spider's body, a photographic artefact due to the spider's movement, or some discolouration due perhaps to a recent moult?

     

    Regards, Mark.

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