What kind of spider is this?

I told you we have all kinds here in Barkingside. But I’ve never seen one like this before. Any ideas (Barkingside 21)?

What kind of spider is this?

Other information – found in the evening in the sink, seemed sluggish but after 15 minutes under a glass on a fairly warm window sill it dashed away into the grass.

Apologies for bad shot – light was fading and camera battery running out.

6 thoughts on “What kind of spider is this?

  1. I don’t know its name, but I’ve seen plenty of them over the years, so it’s nothing to worry about. It’s a Brit. and I think it hunts, rather than building a web. They occasionally climb drains and enter baths and sinks.

  2. Shambala http://futureconservationist.blogspot.com/ has asked the Spider Recorder of Essex, Edward Milner, who says:

    From the picture it looks like Dysdera crocata, the Woodlouse (eating) spider.

    If you want any other specimens identified, please let me know. Generally a specimen is much preferable to a photograph!


    You must join our group, FIG. Send me your email. Pseudononimity assured.

  3. Well, we have a woodlouse colony in the rooms with running water, which nudges the ID towards Dysdera crocata. Thank you all very much for looking. I’m glad s/he didn’t come in a crate of bananas – that would be a lonely relocation.

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