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Mar 12, 2012 2:39 PM

What is this spider?

Found this spider in my kitchen sink, I live in Chichester, West Sussex. Think it is a False Widow, but after expert identificaton please.

 

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    Mar 12, 2012 3:56 PM (in response to danedwards)
    Re: What is this spider?
    Yes it is, Steatoda nobilisto be precise,  one of sic species of False Widow spider in the UK. It is arguably the UK's most venomous spider and is implicated in the occasional bite, but this is a rare event and in most cases local pain and swelling is as bad as it gets. They are certainly not as 'deadly' as media stories often suggest and they have pretty much got the southern counties colonised now (and heading north). My rule with these is to throw them outside when I find them inside, as this is generally where they prefer to be, and leave them be on the outside.
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