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Aug 2, 2013 3:37 AM

Which Spider is this?

I woke up at 3am with a sharp pain in my hand. I blearily brushed my face with the hand and felt something soft on my neck. I pinched it in my fingers, turned on the light, and found a spider. Not the best way to wake up. It's probably nothing, the mark is very small, I have localised redness around it and it stings a little bit, but I thought to try and look it up and the body doesn't look like any of the pictures put with reported bites listed on this page. The spider itself is around 15mm long from the fangs to the abdomen, and I took a couple of pictures of the body, so I'm including one with this post which shows a distinctive pattern on its back. It would put my mind at ease if someone could identify it, and it would be awesome if it is a new reported bite, assuming my hand doesn't drop off by morning (although, in all likeliness, I've probably just failed to recognise it with one of the pictures).

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    Aug 2, 2013 8:44 AM (in response to Roverandom)
    Re: Which Spider is this?

    It's a Segestria and I think it's Segestria florentina. Yes, they are known to bite occasionally in what they see as self defence i.e. if they feel trapped. It was probably living in a hole in the wall of your house before it decided to go walkabout. Maybe it's a male looking for a female to mate with and accidentally wandered inside. If you've got a picture from the front it should be possible to determine its sex.

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        Aug 2, 2013 5:19 PM (in response to Roverandom)
        Re: Which Spider is this?

        Yes, I think the palps are swollen, although they're tucked underneath its head so it's hard to be sure. Anyway, it seems it's a male and that might explain why it was walking around - it could have been looking for a female.

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    Aug 2, 2013 9:23 AM (in response to Roverandom)
    Re: Which Spider is this?

    Hello,

    I may be wrong, but I think this is in fact Segestria senoculata, due to the colour of the abdomen. It has those markings you can see on specimens of this species. As far as I remember, Segestria florentina is overall much darker, and its abdomen is uniformely brown, without those markings.

    Yours,

    Florin

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