Daddy-long-legs

Pholcus phalangioides, family Pholcidae

Identification

Very long, fine hair-like legs with body smaller than pea. Colour: Generally dark. Length: Including legs about 15cm.

Pholcus phalangioides, family Pholcidae

Distribution

Introduced from Europe, now widespread throughout Australia.

Found around houses; related species occur in rainforest and bush.

Web

Messy disordered tangle.

Bite

One known bite from this species has proven to be harmless. Incorrectly attributed with toxic venom; venom is known to be harmless to humans.

Notes

Main prey: insects and other spiders. It is a highly effective predator on other spiders including Redbacks and large Grey Huntsman (Holconia immanis).

Bounces web when disturbed.

Breeds throughout they year.

Similar Species

Giant Daddy-long-legs.

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