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.
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?
Thanks for your input, the size of the spider was about 1cm including leg span, the body probably half of that. I live in Redditch which is 20 miles south of Birmingham. To be honest I am quite into bugs and spiders (obviously an amateur :) ) but I have never come across one like this before, and especially indoors.
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.