DARK SPIDER WITH GREY AND BLACK BANDED LEGS AND WHITE PATCH ON BACK,FOUND ON MOSSY WELL CREVICED OAK TREE.
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I think the reason you've not received any identifications about this is that spiders are very hard to identify, even when you've seen the real thing, as the colour, markings etc are so variable. So identifying by photograph is even trickier! I seem to remember that many species require genitallia dissection to correctly ID....
OPAL Community Scientist
Yorkshire and Humber
I can get a rough idea of scale from the moss in the photo, but do you have a more precise measurement/estimate of length (not including legs)?
Hi all,spider was about 20mm in total size, body would only have been 4-5mm moving very slowly ,although it was cold at time dissappeared before I cold put measure to it.
Thanks for the update - this confirms what I was expecting so have posted an identification - if you have access to a spider book such as the Collins guide by M.J.Roberts (ISBN 0002199815), or the Hamlyn guide by D.Jones (ISBN 0600567109), you should be able to compare the illustrations with the features I've mentioned.
Lat/Lng: 52.5, -7.8
OS grid ref: SF0815