Believe it’s a female giant house spider - Tegenaria gigantea. First thought hobo but seems darker ?
Hi, and welcome to the site. Yes, this is a female giant house spider.These and hobos are now moved from Tegenaria to a new genus Eratigena, What 3 species described are now collectively Eratigena atrica. Only difference between these and hobo’s are size, and some microscopic differences,Colors don’t separate these, some hobo’s I have seen darker than your little gal. Don’t know if Scotland listed hobo as dangerous as here in the states, but research shows they should not be implicated with any medically significant injury http://www.uksafari.com/housespiders.htm https://spiderid.com/spider/agelenidae/eratigena/agrestis/ you can scroll to remarks. I live with hobo spiders and the… Read more »
Thank you @ BugmanDan – I appreciate your information and sharing your knowledge. Since finding this I’ve found two others in my shed – one slightly bigger than this and clearly enjoys the taste of other spiders ! (I’ll post a pic soon) I don’t believe we have listed Hobo’s as dangerous here in Scotland (they also must think it’s too cold here for them to come ) – the only one that I do know we have listed as “avoid contact or don’t annoy” is the false widow which seems prevalent throughly the uk – not as dangerous as… Read more »
Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 The union between the three similar species was undone after DNA testing. This looks like it could be either Eratigena duellica (gigantea) or Eratigena saeva.