Found under ivy stem on an elm trunk.
No interactions present.
It 'might be' an arachnida! It's got 8 legs!
Me sarcastic - surely not :-)
My first thought a baby Nuctenea, but you said it had an epigyne?
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I'll try clearing the specimen to check if what I thought I saw is, in fact, an epigyne. I find these very dark species difficult!
This had me scratching my head too. The best I could think of was that it's a dark specimen of Zilla diodia but I'm clutching at straws. The cephalothorax is the wrong shape for Nuctenea (IMO).
going by carpace shape and leg banding, could be Larinioides patagiatus? Lateral wavy bands on abdomen match too.
if it is an adult female and those are mm on the rule, then size matches too. Too big for Zilla and too small for Nuctenea.
Yes, it is a mm rule.
And, yes it is a mature female. I have partially cleared the specimen (taking a very long time though) and can now see part of the epigyne.
maybe post a photo of the epigyne?
Following 36 hours of attempting to clear this specimen (tried clove oil and then lactic acid) it is only possible to just see the epigynal fold.
Lat/Lng: 51.304164813153, -0.1786994934082
OS grid ref: TQ270576
Chalk grassland SSSI