Spider identification

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  1. DavidMac

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    Hi,

    I just found this spider on the wall of my house clinging to an egg sack.
    Does anyone have any ideas what species it could be, it looks a lot like a "false widow".

    Cheers
    Dave
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  2. Doug the D

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    It's definitely a False Widow. I'm sure these threads (excuse the pun) keep getting started again - this is the third time that I've confirmed a False Widow recently! :)
     
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    This should help.

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  4. DavidMac

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    Cheers Doug! I wasn't sure, my kids were fascinated by it because of its eggs
    Very useful chart! I wasn't sure which method to apply to this spider so I used them all.
     
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  6. SteveCritten

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    More likely the lace weaver quite common.
     
  7. DavidMac

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    Thanks for that link, it did indeed look like the noble false widow!
    Going off the pictures and description in the link above I'm not too sure it was one.
     
  8. DavidMac

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    This is a picture of the noble false widow take. From the guardian website
    ImageUploadedByAVForums1462739459.503619.jpg

    And the spider that WAS residing on my wall

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    image.jpeg They are all quite similar. This is a Lace Weaver.
     
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    But I see your point with the marking around the top of the abdomen.
     
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    Can I hijack the thread for a wee minute please?

    Could someone tell me what this massive thing is? It was living in my shed. I only found it when I started taking stuff from it to move. I then found another one of those, as big as that, in the lawnmower, which was sitting in a smaller shed next to the house.

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    Looks like a baby house spider to me but then again i know nothing about spiders.
     
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    Why do I do it to myself ?
    I see a Spider thread and always have a look but I am petrified of the damn things :(
     
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    It definitely wasn't a "baby", thought there were plenty of "babies" around and a few of big ones too. The place was infested.
     
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    You and me both!!

    It's like I tell myself not to bother looking as I click the link to come in!!
     
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    Common house spider mate. Click on first pic here House Spiders - Tegenaria duellica - UK Safari
     
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    Have you any larger and clearer photos? Or did you not hang around that long?! :eek:;)
     
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    Only those four. I was in the middle of moving all my stuff and didn't really had time to investigate.

    EDIT: Those ones I posted are quite large. Just click on them.
     
  22. SteveCritten

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    Looks goody brown on your photo to me??
     
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    Interesting things spiders. All but a tiny three 'groups' inject venom when they bite. Even then there is recent evidence that some of one of the groups thought not to have venom glands actually do.

    When and if they bite big objects like humans depends how aggressive the species is. How the venom affects who or what it is injected into is dependent on the species as well - what it usually needs to overcome prey and things that annoy them. Some spider venoms have zero effect on humans - they target something specific in a specific species of prey.

    Here in Oz for example the Sydney Funnel Web spider is ultra aggressive and can cause death to a human in as little as 15 minutes. Children and elderly most at risk of those numbers. There is an antitoxin if you can get to it, or it to you, in time. This spider remains hidden in the funnel shaped web and dashes out when triggered by the external part of the web. It doesn't know or care that a human is far too big to be prey - just dashes out and bites. Normally the quick knock down (almost instant for normal size prey) means they can almost simultaneously grab the prey and drag it into the web. The toxins are destined to support this - they fell prey almost instantly.

    Our Huntsman spiders are big and will bite if provoked - don't miss squashing or trapping them! Hurts like hell if bitten but does little else unless very old or very young or already ill. They hunt without webs and their venom is suited to immobilising reasonable sized prey for them. They can jump a bit as well. In the house they can actually help keep insect numbers down if you can put up with large spiders ambling around!

    Anyway a bit OT but these spider identification threads are always interesting :)
     
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    And that's why I'm never going to Australia. Lol
     
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  25. DavidMac

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    Very interesting read, thanks for that. I think if I had a huntsman pottering about my house I'd probably lock the doors and never return!
     
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    We had a huntsman in our rain forest lodge while on holiday. Shat myself, then took photos from as far away as possible using quite a long camera lens whilst waiting for a hotel employee to come remove it

    (the long lens let me pretend I got really close to take photos of the scary spider)
     
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    I think we need to see that photo :)
     
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    Look how close I got! For the record, it was roughly the size of the palm of my hand (legs included)

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    I'm not scared of spiders, but if one managed to move a 5kg weight across my shed floor like your photos show, I'd give it a wide berth tbh!
     
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    Your comments about prey type are quite interesting. I remember reading a book to my daughter at bedtime when she was about 5 (it was a spider reference book from the library, not a story book :eek:), and iirc the Golden Orb Weaver is deadly to humans, but oddly, if it bites a dog, there's no effects...Unless I read it wrong and it meant that the dog bites the spider lol!
     

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