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Scary Spider!

Observed: 20th August 2011 By: jonmortin
Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
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Looks quite fierce but only about 5mm long!

Species interactions

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Xysticus, yes, but I'm not convinced about this being robustus (which has only been rarely recorded in the UK and not near Bristol). The abdomen is wrinkled - maybe because she's just produced her egg case - and that's why no clear pattern is visble. The rest of the spider could pass for just a dark specimen of another Xysticus.

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Thanks Alan. What other

Thanks Alan. What other species do you think it could be? By the way it is more like 7mm in length.

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X. lanio?

Hi Jon, given the colour perhaps X lanio is the most likely but Xysticus is a genus I wouldn't even hazard a guess at from a photo (but maybe that's because I'm not very accomplished at IDing them). I found a darkish specimen of X kochi last year.