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Question British Spider ID Books

Does anyone know a good ID guide for British spiders that contains photographs rather than 'artist's images', and also deals just with British spiders rather than European species.

The guidebook I have is a Collins Gem and has spiders from all over the world. The problem is that since Britain is included in Europe, I can't tell if a spider is present in Britain, Europe or both! It's a little frustrating for someone as new to this as I am.
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Re: British Spider ID Books

Try the Collins Field Guide. It is illustrated with drawings, but they are quite exceptional.
Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe (Collins Field Guide) [Illustrated] (Hardcover)
by Michael J. Roberts (Author)


Failing that Dick Jones' "Country Life Guide to Spiders of Britain and Europe" published 1983 can be found in various European languages, the British version is not in print, and does have photographic illustrations.
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Thanks. I know a few online second hand and book swap sites, so I'll see what I can dig up. I do have the Collins one you mention but for some reason prefer to go from photographs.
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Re: British Spider ID Books

I particularly like the Dick Jones photo book, but can cost a lot second hand, though mine was a real bargain at £1.99 c10 years ago!
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Re: British Spider ID Books

The Roberts guide is a very useful publication which also gives some ID tips about each spider together with commonest locations and times of the year. Not exactly cheap but competitively priced compared with many identification publications.

As a double check I find this site useful Photo Gallery Arachnida but make sure you select the English version, unless you are fluent in German. Scroll down the left hand pane until you find the required family name.

Most German spiders are the same as our UK versions.
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If you go to
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Re: British Spider ID Books

You might want to add these to your lists Geoff - while that german site is very good its also good to double check.

Spiders of Europe and Greenland
Salticidae :: Araneae :: Arachnida :: worldwide database of jumping spiders by Dr. Heiko Metzner
Guide to french salticidae

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Re: British Spider ID Books

The Dick Jones book is very good, unless you have bad eyes, as the text is quite small .

One to look out for is The Spiders and Allied Orders of the British Isles, by T.H.Savory, but you`ll be lucky to find a copy ...
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Re: British Spider ID Books

I do also use that Jorgenlissner site and agree it is a useful aid to identification. Those keys look useful, particularly the German one.

Pemberley Books is always worth a look for both new & secondhand but it can take a bit of sorting through as they list so much. Check the price of secondhand copies as some are collector's specials and can fetch £1000 or more!
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