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Pholcus phalangioides (RM)|
(an introduced cosmopolitan species)
female: 8 mm|
male: 7.5 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) but also under bridges and in hollows of dead trees
Probably too small to cause illness in humans; the suggestion it has very potent venom is a myth but its long legs give it an advantage over other kinds of spiders
A noteworthy characteristic of this spider is its habit of shaking the web violently when disturbed. The female will often be found holding her eggs in
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Any other pholcid with an elongate abdomen.
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Last updated 3 December 2010.