Would be grateful if anyone can identify this spider - found in clients garden in Bahrain - previously have identified Brown Recluse Spider from same garden so naturally is concerned.
Thanks in advance
Can anyone identify this spider
Would need to see entire spider for a confident i.d. - however, I can at least say that it is not a recluse spider. BTW, although recluse spiders in general have a wide distribution, the brown recluse is a North American species...
Also...I am assuming that the 2 large dark spots at the front are eyes - but are the 3 slightly paler ones either side also eyes?
The overall appearance, including the eye pattern, of your spider is more consistent with it being a harmless orb weaver than any recluse spider. The eye pattern of recluse spiders is quite distinctive - see http://myrmecos.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/brown_recluse1.jpg for an example.
Yep...that was the exact pattern I saw in the first spider brought in - 3 pairs of very small eyes. Didn't really see any other markings etc on it.
The general overall appearance of the 2 spiders (the recluse and this one) is very similar - light brown, non-descript with limited if any markings...its only the eyes that appear different