Order Araneae – Spiders


There are around 670 species of spider in Britain, 3,000 in Europe, and 48,000 that have so far been discovered so far, and all of them play an important roll in a balanced ecosystem. Whether they help keep numbers of pest species down of other invertebrates like flies, mites and lice by eating them, or whether they are eaten themselves by birds or small mammals, they play a very important role in keeping a healthy environment. Species are arranged in their respective families below.


Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides
Pholcidae
Cellar Spiders
Rabbit Hutch Spider Steatoda bipunctata
Theridiidae
Comb-footed Spiders
Ground Wolf Spider Trochosa terricola
Lycosidae
Wolf Spiders
Nigma walckenaeri male
Dictynidae
Meshweb Spiders
Clubiona sp.
Clubionidae
Sac Spiders
Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia)
Thomisidae
Crab Spiders
Snake-back Spider Segestria senoculata
Segestriidae
Tubeweb Spiders
Tetragnatha montana
Tetragnathidae
Long-jawed Orbweb Spiders
Nursery Web Spider Pisaura mirabilis
Pisauridae
Nurseryweb Spiders
Black Lace-weaver – Amaurobius ferox
Amaurobiidae
Laceweb Spiders
Mouse Spider Scotophaeus blackwalli
Gnaphosidae
Ground Spiders
Zebra Spider Salticus scenicus
Salticidae
Jumping Spiders
Goblin Spider Oonops domesticus
Oonopidae
Goblin Spiders
Garden Spider Araneus diadematus
Araneidae
Orbweb Spiders
Eratigena sp. atrica group male
Agelenidae
Funnelweb Spiders
Anyphaena accentuata
Anyphaenidae
Buzzing Spiders
Philodromus sp aureolus group
Philodromidae
Running Crab Spiders
Lepthyphantes minutus
Linyphiidae
Money Spiders

For further reference see below:

British Arachnological Society (BAS)
Facebook British Spider Identification Group
Facebook UK Spiders Group
iRecord
NBN Atlas


Britain’s Spiders A Field Guide by Bee, Oxford & Smith is an excellent reference book.
Collins Field Guide Spiders Britain and Northern Europe by Michael J. Roberts is also worth a look.