Segestria florentina

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this spider was found in a shipping container that was shipped from port of New York to London Gateway port. It doesn't appear to be indigenous to either region. The container where the spider was found was at Shanghai port prior to New York and could have been anywhere in the Pacific Rim. Someone's household goods were the contents of the container in the NY to London traffic lane and the goods belong to a family including a pregnant wife and toddler as well as a pet dog. We think it was an isolated spider that stowed away in the container but we are fearful of infestation. I am trying to identify the species for research purposes.

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Segestria florentina, tube-web spider. They are not harmful to humans, or our pets. They are very common in some areas and they are normally found in the UK and were first recorded in the UK well over 100 years ago (as well as other port/shipping cities around the world). Spiders do not ‘infest’ they are predators and will only survive where there is food and the right habitat/climate. The easiest way to ID these spiders is that they have iridescent green jaws parts, and if you can look closely enough they have 6 eyes (whereas most other spiders have 8).… Read more »

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