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Daddy long-legs

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Pholcus phalangioides (RM)
Body length:
female: 9 mm
male: 8 mm
In a thin, tangled web attached to the ceilings and upper walls of rooms, sheds and caves, hence this species is also called a cellar spider
Uncertain; not aggressive and probably too small to cause illness in humans; the suggestion it has very potent venom is a myth
Pholcus phalangioides
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Its web
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The male
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Female with eggs
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Male palps

A noteworthy characteristic of this spider is its habit of shaking the web violently when disturbed. The female may sometimes be found holding her eggs in her palps.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Crossopriza lyoni and Physocyclus globosis.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 25 January 2006.