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May 12, 2013 11:00 PM

Spider identification from toilet in UK

Hi there, I am wondering whether anyone could help me in identifying this spider I recently found in our downstairs toilet. As you will be able to see from the photos is quite small and was found upside down in a small,untidy web. I am unsure whether itis poisonous or not. Any info would be appreciated.

 

Derek

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    May 12, 2013 10:45 PM (in response to Derek Lewis)
    Re: Spider identification from toilet in UK

    Hi Derek,

     

    Its not easy to guess an ID from these photos. I'm sure someone who has a better eye for these things will be along shortly with a good idea of what it could be.

     

    Until then however...

     

    It has a hint of Scytodidae about it for my money, the spitting spider.

     

    If i'm right, it'll most likely be a Scytodes thoracica. It could explain the small messy web and the fact you found it indoors. It's also completely harmless to humans.

     

    How big was it roughly and where in the UK are you?

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    May 13, 2013 11:35 AM (in response to Derek Lewis)
    Re: Spider identification from toilet in UK

    To me it looks more like Metellina merianae than anything else. However, the web is the wrong sort -  I wonder if there are so many other (e.g. Tegenaria) webs that it hasn't got room for its own (sorry if that's rude).

     

    I can't rule out one of the larger linyphiids like Neriene, and the web is a better match, but with things like the cephalothorax shape it just doesn't look right somehow.

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