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Tegenaria gigantea?

Tegenaria gigantea?
Photo Information
Copyright: Miklos Pall (pall) (0)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-02
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, Digital ISO 100, 58mm UV1 Filter (Jessops)
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/6 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-27 10:04
Viewed: 5099
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little fellow was shot at Lake Windermere sitting just below the ceiling in a public lavatory. Probably not the best place or setting to pull out your camera, but this specimen was extraordinary, taken my limited experience of spiders into account (the biggest one I've yet seen in Europe in the wild).

I arbitrarily estimated the size by putting my hand close to it, and it fit the palm of my hand, just passed the first joints of my fingers. Its leg span thus being roughly 120 mm from the tip of its front legs to the tip of its back legs as seen in the photo. This would make the body length to c. 25mm. To my knowledge, the 'giant house spider' don't grow this big.

Of course, I might have estimated its size wrongly, but I'm tall, my palm reached the ceiling and I got a pretty accurate measure of its length.

If anyone knows what species this is I would be grateful!

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arrrrrgh....gross I'd run from this daddy but its probably a female as they are larger than the male. ugh.

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