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Pholcus phalangioides (Long-bodied cellar spider)

Synonyms: Pholcus communis; Pholcus dubiomaculatus; Pholcus lambertoni; Pholcus litoralis

Wikipedia Abstract

The cellar spider, also known as the skull spider due to its cephalothorax looking like a human skull, is a spider of the family Pholcidae. Females have a body length of about 9 mm; males are slightly smaller. Its legs are about 5 or 6 times the length of its body (reaching up to 7 cm of leg span in females). Its habit of living on the ceilings of rooms, caves, garages or cellars gives rise to one of its common names.
View Wikipedia Record: Pholcus phalangioides


Diet [1]  Carnivore

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast 160731 England/Scotland, United Kingdom  
Limestone Coast of South West Wales/ Arfordir Calchfaen de Orllewin Cymru 3940 Wales, United Kingdom  
Lundy 7573 England, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Salisbury Plain 52975 England, United Kingdom


Prey / Diet

Mesembrina meridiana (Mid-day Fly)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Amaurobius similis (Lace webbed spider)1
Anthus pratensis (Meadow Pipit)1
Anthus spinoletta (Water Pipit)1
Anthus trivialis (Tree Pipit)1
Araneus diadematus (Cross garden spider)1
Araneus quadratus (Spider)1
Certhia familiaris (Eurasian Treecreeper)1
Coloeus monedula (Western Jackdaw)1
Corvus corone (Carrion Crow)1
Delichon urbicum (Common house-martin and northern house-martin)1
Hirundo rustica (Barn Swallow)1
Larinioides cornutus (Furrow Orbweaver)1
Locustella naevia (Common Grasshopper Warbler)1
Motacilla flava (Western Yellow Wagtail)1
Muscicapa striata (Spotted Flycatcher)1
Oenanthe oenanthe (Northern Wheatear)1
Parus major (Great Tit)1
Passer montanus (Eurasian Tree Sparrow)1
Phoenicurus phoenicurus (Common Redstart)1
Pisaura mirabilis (Tent Spider)1
Sylvia atricapilla (Eurasian Blackcap)1
Sylvia borin (Garden Warbler)1
Trachyzelotes pedestris1
Vanellus vanellus (Northern Lapwing)1
Xysticus cristatus (Wandering Crab Spider)1
Xysticus erraticus1
Zelotes latreillei1


Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna)[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Saint Louis Zoological Park


Cosmopolitan; Madagascar;



Attributes / relations provided by 1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at 2Ecology of Commanster 3OBSERVATIONS ON THE DIET AND FEEDING HABITS OF THE SHORT-BEAKED ECHIDNA (TACHYGLOSSUS ACULEATUS) IN TASMANIA, Chris P. Spencer & Karen Richards, The Tasmanian Naturalist 131 (2009), p. 36-41
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