It's going to be very difficult to tell from those pics, any chance you might be able to transfer the spider to a steep sided, glass mixing bowl/jar...somewhere where we can see the markings without interference from the glass?
unfortunately i found the spider in work so i cannot take any more photos! However it didnt have any patterning on its back that i could clearly see. I just remember noticing it for it bronze abdomen and shiny black legs! even if you cannot identify the exact species any ideas of whit kind of spider it is? ive got more photos but unfortunately all are equally as distorted. Thanks
do you think that this is possibly a member of the steadoda species? It may have had some markings however as i was quite freaked out seeing a spider like this i didnt look at it for too long so cannot be completely sure!
thanks for any advice you can give.
There are a few possible candidates, either way, I wouldn't be freaked out...even if it was a Steatoda, it may not be a species implicated in bites & S. nobilis (the one that is most commonly implicated) is not as dangerous, nor aggressive, as some news reports would have you believe.
I'd google images of the following & see if they ring any bells:
The latter 2 are "cave spiders", are there any areas that would be usually dark, covered or underground (under manhole covers etc.) where you work?
no i understand that the news have completely over reacted with these spiders!! just had a look and maybe the steatoda bipuncta? however it had jet black legs and from the pics ive seen the bipuncta's legs are striped....
yes it was found somewhere dark under one of the boards we use to stock equipment on. Technically not a cave! but somewhere dark netherless! so it may be one of the meta species...
thanks for all your help if i see it again ill get a better photo next time!
it closely resembles the grossa, its just that the colouring of the spider i found is putting me off. It was a lovely bronze/brown... and beacuse it was quite light i couldnt make out the markings that well. can the grossa come in that sort of colouring?