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Spider Gonatium rubellum, Pulpit Hill

Observed: 7th January 2012 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
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Gonatium rubellum - Pulpit Hill-4
Gonatium rubellum - Pulpit Hill-2
Description:

Found in leaf-litter in beech woodland. For a money spider this is quite large at 3.5mm long. There are some similar species, especially Gonatium rubens, so it's necessary to check the epigyne (female sexual organs) on the underside. G. rubens and rubellum are shown here:
http://www.spiderling.de/arages/Fotogalerie/Gonatium/Gonatium_hilare_rub...
I've not found this spider before, so it qualifies for the iSpot/Saving Species "Discover new life" challenge:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/saving_species

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No interactions present.