Distinctive elongated shape and stance.
No interactions present.
Thanks Dioctria I would not have reached that conclusion using my spider book. It is clear now having seen some other photos.
I wonder if you have the same book as me, Michael Roberts 'Collins Field Guide to Spiders'. I think the illustration in there is a pretty poor representation of a typical Nursery-Web Spider. (Which is a bit odd given that it is a very good book overall.)
Yes that's the one I have. I agree the picture isn't great. Do you recommend another guide? Thanks for your ID.
Not really. I'm just a generalist who doesn't actually photograph that many spiders, so it more than serves my needs. It's a well-respected work.
As you said earlier, it's easy enough to recognise once you have seen a few photos so I often check my IDs with photos on iSpot or, more cautiously as IDs aren't always so reliable, on Flickr.
And if something still puzzles me I just post it to iSpot! There are usually people around who will be able to identify anything I have found in double-quick time, and I'm pretty sure there are a couple of spider experts who check in from time to time to help with the really tricky ones.
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