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P1020534

Observed: 14th November 2011 By: john flynn
P1020534
Description:

this beast was found whilst dismantling a drystone wall in readiness for rebuilding. It was sheletered between two stones. The wall marks the boundary of a acid grass/heathland The photo is not too good but hopefully adequate.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Alan Thornhill's picture

It's a spider, maybe a

It's a spider, maybe a Tegenaria. Maybe it has sealed itself up to undergo a moult.

john flynn's picture

Tegeneria

that's helpful, thank you. Can anyone recommend a good field guide for a spider novice. I am currently involved an acid grass/heathland restoration project and keep stumbling across many spiders at ground level.
Thanks

Alan Thornhill's picture

list

This list may be helpful -
http://wiki.britishspiders.org.uk/index.php5?title=Identifying_Spiders

The Roberts (first on the list) is probably the one to go for, though if eventually you want to get serious about IDing them you may want to consider his 3 vols work. Dick Jones's book may be difficult to obtain now

john flynn's picture

thanks for the advice. I'll

thanks for the advice. I'll buy the Roberts and see how it goes from there.
Regards John Flynn