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May 7, 2014 9:18 PM

Biting Spider! ID please??

I work as a GP and a patient who is a gardener brought this spider into surgery today having been bitten on his forearm when it fell out of some brambles he was clearing (in a large garden in the middle of Bristol). It was a sting like bite and he developd a weald the size of a 5p piece after a few minutes.  He also experienced some tingling in the skin around the bite.  This gardener comes from Australia and so was understandably anxious about the possibility of a venomous spider bite.  I was able to reassure him that there was no chance of a seriously toxic reaction to any British spider but we would both be curious to know what this species is.  I think it was female because it deposited some white eggs in the web it wove while in the temporary container.  It has very black legs and upper body but a velvety brown abdomen with no other markings.  It also has very large mouth parts!  Apologies for the fuzzy photo:

 

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