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Funnel Weavers Agelenidae
2014-06-19 13:16:37

Agelenidae is a family that holds about 1,200 recognized species of funnel weaver spiders that occur throughout the world. These spiders build funnel shaped webs that trap prey in their complicated patterns, but they should not be confused with other families of spiders that build funnel webs like funnel-web spiders or funnel-web tarantulas. Funnel weavers can reach an average body length...

Cellar Spider Pholcus phalangioides
2014-04-07 13:05:31

The Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides), known also as the Skull Spider because of its cephalothorax resembling a human skull, is a spider belonging to the family Pholcidae. The females have a body length of about 9 millimeters; the males are slightly smaller. The legs are about 5 to 6 times the length of the body. Its habit of living on the ceilings of room, garages, caves, or cellars gives...

Tailed Daddy Longlegs Spider Crossopriza lyoni
2014-04-07 12:30:20

Crossopriza lyoni is a widespread species of cellar spiders that prefer to live in or around human structures. They are commonly known as Tailed Cellar Spiders, Tailed Daddy Longlegs Spiders, and occasionally Box Spiders. They all possess exceptionally long and fragile legs that can reach up to 2.4 inches long and a body length of that ranges from .098 to .28 inches. Their abdomens are...

Kauai Cave Wolf Spider
2014-04-01 13:14:31

Scientific name: Adelocosa anops Common Names: Kauai Cave Wolf Spider, Big-Eyed Wolf Spider Status: Listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List in 1996 Geography: United States, Hawaii Conservation Information: This particular species is only known to occur in a few caves in a lava flow within an area consisting of 4.1 square miles in the Koloa-Poipu region of Kauai, Hawaii. Only six...

Spruce Fir Moss Spider Microhexura montivaga
2013-08-26 12:08:18

The Spruce Fir Moss Spider (Microhexura montivaga) is an endangered species of spider that can be found at high elevations in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Initially identified in 1923, they inhabit moss that grows on rocks under the forest canopy. It is one of the smallest mygalomorph spiders, with the adults only measuring 3 to 4 millimeters. The coloration varies from light brown to...

Arachnology
2012-10-15 15:14:24

Arachnology is the scientific study of spiders and related specimens: including scorpions, pseudo-scorpions and harvestmen. These animals are collectively known as arachnids. Ticks and mites, on the other hand, although are in the arachnid family, do not typically fall under archeology studies; these small creatures are usually studied under Acarology. Arachnology derives from the Greek...

Kauai Cave Wolf Spider
2009-06-26 17:28:06

The Kauai Cave Wolf Spider (Adelocosa anops) is a species of spider that exists only in a few caves in a six square mile lava flow in the Koloa-Poipu region of Kauai, Hawaii. Only six populations are known to exist. It is locally known as the "Blind Wolf Spider". This spider is very rare and since its discovery in 1971, only about 30 specimens have been recorded. This species is totally...

Triangulate Cobweb Spider
2009-06-26 17:05:26

The Triangulate Cobweb Spider (Steatoda triangulosa), also known as the Triangulate Bud Spider, is a species of common house spider that is found throughout the world. It is found along the coasts in North America, in southern Russia, in New Zealand, and in Europe. It is largely believed to be native to Eurasia. This spider is well known for the triangle-shaped pattern on the upper side of...

Tube Web Spider
2009-05-02 21:56:01

The Tube Web Spider (Segestria florentina), also known as the Cellar Spider (both of these names are not considered specific names for this species), is a species of arachnid found in Europe. It was originally found in the Mediterranean region as far east as Georgia. It can be found in several large British towns where they were most likely introduced via seaports since at least 1845. In places...

Daddy-long-legs Spider
2009-05-02 21:51:47

The Daddy-long-legs Spider (Pholcus phalangioides), also known as the Cellar Spider or Skull Spider, is a species of arachnid found in many parts of the world, but originally came from the tropics. They are commonly found living in caves, garages, ceilings of household rooms, and cellars. In Australia, it is considered a beneficial species as it kills and eats the venomous redback Spider. There...

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