Can anyone help identify please?
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do you have an estimate of length (not including legs)?
Thanks for the interest - I posted this picture on behalf of my niece - so have passed on your question to her.
I will get back to you ASAP>
(We were both confused by the number of "legs" - but I guess two were/ are palps?
Alan Brampton (Benson)
Apparently this was about 8mm to 10mm long
Hoope this helps
Ta for that - I am stuck though - it appears to be hairless and at that size, I can't think of an all-black species. Maybe one of the Steatoda and/or an unusually dark individual...?
Local authority person suggested False Black Widow - do you think this is possible?
My niece was worried it was poisonous and rang them.
I will ask her to take more photographs if she can.
It could be (it's in the genus Steatoda), but I can't see enough detail. FBWs can bite but the number of recorded cases is very small, and the effects usually so minor as to be unreported. They tend to get a bad press because they make a good media story (Britain doesn't have many species that can pierce human skin) - we have several FBWs in our back garden, including a female guarding eggs in a storage box, and simply leave them alone. The Natural History Museum has a good page at http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2007/may/news_11767.html
Sorry. I should have looked up Steadota before I asked about the FBW possibility. Unfortunately my niece, having a new born baby, fell into the hysterical category and destroyed the spider, so taking more photographs was problematic!
I think she has now recovered her senses so I might get photographs of any others she comes across!
It looks a bit like a female ladybird spider (not that I've seen one!). I understand they are very rare - a colony was found in Dorset and have been re-introduced at Arne.
It would be wonderful, but sadly not the case - though the females are dark they look quite different to this...
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