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Mar 14, 2013 4:40 PM

Anyone know what this spider is??

I found this spider on my kitchen floor and thought it doesn't look like a 'normal' house spider. Sorry the picture is not too good and makes it look huge but I wanted to zoom in so the strange white markings can be seen, they look a bit like a smiley face. The spider was roughly about the size of a 10p. Please someone help me out and name what it is, I well be very grateful!!

 

Many thanks

Natalie :D

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    Mar 15, 2013 9:05 PM (in response to Natalie82)
    Re: Anyone know what this spider is??

    It's not a species that is generally referred to as the "house spider" (Tegenaria), but she is a spider that is commonly found in British houses. It's very difficult to be 100% positive because of the photo quality, but from the arrangement of the eyes, general bodyshape and pale band around the abdomen, I'd say it is likely a Steatoda (false widow). They are not aggressive & quite docile, avoiding direct contact with humans (though obviously happy to live in close proximity...so we do cross paths occasionally).

     

    I have 3 different Steadoda species sharing my flat, they bother me much less than some other spiders! ;-)

     

    Xygiella x-notata (missing sector spider) can also be mistaken for a Steatoda, fairly similar body shape, and a pale band around the front of the abdomen, but markings don't seem to concur with the "smiley face"?

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      Mar 17, 2013 10:37 PM (in response to MWJB)
      Re: Anyone know what this spider is??

      I agree, definitely not a teggie, but hard to say from this photo. Do you have another photo? Are you in the South?

       

      Whilst i wasn't able to confirm for sure, i'm positive i was sharing my bedroom with a Steatoda triangulosa earlier this year. It's markings were a bit 'facey'.

       

      The official distrubition of the triangulosa would suggest i'm wrong about the spider i saw, and more wrong still about the possibility of your spider being a triangulosa, but i'm still inclined to suggest you check out:

       

      http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/portal.php/p/Summary/s/Steatoda+triangulosa

       

      and see if these guys look familiar...

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