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Oct 10, 2013 7:14 PM

Spider Identification

Hello ,

 

I have just been bitten by the spider in the photo below. Could someone please tell me if its one of the "False Widows" ?

 

I can post a better quality photo if need be.

 

Thanks,

 

Darren

 

 

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    Oct 10, 2013 8:48 PM (in response to DBoyd)
    Re: Spider Identification

    Hi DBoyd,

     

    The spider in question is not a false widow, that is certain.

     

    Better pictures would be appreciated for an ID, but the 2 most likely candidates based on the markings are a Zygiella species (but the body looks a bit long, I had a large female have a good go at biting me whilst I was handling her, with no obvious result), or a Metellina species (more likely, google M. segmentata & compare).

     

    The venom in either case is unlikely to be significant, however spiders eat flies..both, therefore, can carry bacteria and you should seek medical attention if there are any signs of infection (antibiotics are usually prescribed).

     

    Regards, Mark.

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