Cellars spiders or Phocidae is the name given to the araneomorph spider family comprising of more than 1800 species divided into 94 genera.
Size: Their body is 2 to 10 mm (0.08 to 0.39 inches) long, while their legs can have a length of approximately 50 mm (1.97 inches).
Color: Spiders of this family have a yellow or pale tan body with gray or chevron markings in the middle.
Other characteristics: Thin and fragile, the species possess cylindrical abdomens, with short fangs.
Females produce approximately three sacs in their lifetime, with each of them having about 10 to 60 eggs.
They resemble tiny spiders and crawl to their mother’s body after hatching.
They make irregularly shaped, messy, non-sticky webs in dark and damp areas. Since the webs lack adhesive qualities, these spiders mostly rely on the irregular pattern for trapping prey.
They maintain a passive attitude towards humans and their venom is said to be non-toxic to mankind.
|Other names||Carpenter spider, daddy-long-legs spider, vibrating spider, skull spider, granddaddy long-legs spider, vibrating spider|
|Lifespan||Approximately two years|
|Distribution||Continents of America, Asia, Europe, and Africa|
|Habitat||Dark, damp, dingy areas like caves, below rocks, loose barks, burrows of mammals, as well as undisturbed places of human habitation such as cellars and attics|
|Common Predators||Not known|
|Diet||Mosquitoes, small moths, flies and also other spiders species (like house spiders, redback spiders, huntsman spiders)|