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Odd spider in my back gate (Sussex) - Meta sp or Steatoda nobilis?

Observed: 23rd December 2012 By: JessDJessD’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Spider recorded in my back garden gate (NGR TQ 30 16) has been there for a few months (photo from December 2012). The legs are clearly dual-colored, the body does not appear to be hirsute. Given the size and habitat, I had guessed Meta sp. or Steatoda nobilis but I am unsure of how diagnostic the markings on the abdomen are? Any help is appreciated!

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Steatoda nobilis

I have noticed in my own garden that with many of the large older female S.nobilis the dorsal markings become less distinct.