Monday, 5 September 2011

Theridion sp.

    Family - Theridiidae
    Genus - Theridion
    Twenty-two species of Theridion in Northern Europe.
    Spins webs of criss-cross strands.

    'Theridion mystaceum/melanurum, can't be separated from photos and
    often pretty difficult even with adult epigyne/palp under a microscope.
    If from near buildings rather than semi natural habitat probably
    melanurum, although could still be either. Bird hide suggests melanurum
    most likely, but pure guesswork' Peter Harvey BAS   
    Living in a Bird Hide
    Arlington Reservoir
    East Sussex
    Brighton Extra Mural Cemetery

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