More Shingle Spiders

26th June 2011, Sunday

I’ve not had much chance to go spider hunting over the last couple of weeks, but I have come across several interesting species in the course of doing other things. One of the highlights was a fat female Sitticus inexpectus on the saltmarsh below Lime Kiln. I’ve mentioned the striking males several time (see here), but the females are much duller and somewhat dumpier.
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Female Sitticus inexpectus

Even better was another jumping spider, a female Pseudeuophrys obsoleta near Wader Pool hide. In Britain this Red Data Book species is somewhat of a shingle specialist, with records confined to the south-east coast (see the National Biodiversity network Gateway map here) but is another one of those species which is fairly widespread on the Beach Reserve at Rye Harbour. Finally I found a male Phaeocedus braccatus (see here) on Flat Beach Ridges, not a hugely rare species (though still nationally notable) but a new one for me!

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Female Pseudeuophrys obsoleta