Pholcus phalangioides  (PHOLCIDAE)

Pholcus phalangioides

This species is often referred to as the "daddy-longlegs" spider. It is commonly seen in the corners of ceilings on a messy web. The female nurtures her eggs in her mouth until the spiderlings hatch and escape. This can be seen in the photograph, which also shows that this particular specimen has lost a few legs over its lifetime!

Head and chelicerae of Pholcus phalangioides. The eight eyes are in two groups of three and one group of two. The bottom end of the chelicerae of Pholcus phalangioides, viewed from the side nearest the mouthparts. Note the absence of cheliceral teeth. Left Pedipalp (male sexual organ) of Pholcus phalangioides

Epigyne (female sexual organ) of Pholcus phalangioides Spinnerets of Pholcus phalangioides Tarsal claw of Pholcus phalangioides. The central claw and serrated bristles, characteristic of web dwellers, can be seen clearly.