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webs and egg sacs
as suggested by Robert Raven
and other arachnologists and as listed in the World Spider Catalog
female: perhaps 3 mm|
male: 1 mm
Phoroncidia species are said to catch insects during the evenings by waiting at the end of a single thread of sticky silk, but during the day they sit motionless on twigs
This spider is far too small to cause illness in humans
This spider has the overarching, sometimes turret-like head region that is a characteristic of Phoroncidia species (see Agnarsson's paper) but is particularly noteworthy on males. The
uniformly maroon-coloured upper surfaces of the species shown on this page distinguish it from other Phoroncidia species.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: The members of a number of other spider families, including the Anapidae, Micropholcommatidae (now incorporated into the Family Anapidae),
Mysmenidae, Symphytognathidae and Tetrablemmidae, contain spiders that are very small and somewhat similar to this spider in overall
appearance. However, all of these species are so small that they can be distinguished only with the aid of a stereo microscope.
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Last updated 15 July 2017.