Cellar Spider /
Daddy-Long-Legs Spider

Smeringopus? sp.

a Cellar Spider, Pholcus, from Kitale, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at night, exterior of a building in Kitale, Kenya. January 2014. Length, not including legs, about 9 mm.

Cellar spiders original habitat before taking up an association with humans, was likely caves - the same caves that our ancestors used for habitation. They, along with a whole suite of arthropods, moved along with us to our manufactured housing. Indeed these spiders often prey on insect pests that have had a long history with human habitations.

When disturbed these spiders will violently shake their irregular web which will serve to repel or even capture an invader.

Pholcidae -- Cellar Spider Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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