Cellar Spiders

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Cellar Spiders

Taxonomy of Cellar Spider: Arthropods (Arthropoda) » Chelicerates (Chelicerata) » Arachnids (Arachnida) » Spiders (Araneae) » True Spiders (Araneomorphae) » Haplogynes » Cellar Spiders (Pholcidae)

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Overview Of Cellar Spiders
They are members of the True Spiders, which means their fangs oppose each other in a pinching manner (like 93% of spider population). The cellar spiders have extremely long legs, and with this feature, it makes this spider very flexible. It also helps get around easier without the use of making a web. They get their name due to their love for the basement atmosphere. The basement, or cellar, have moisture and is also very dark. These factors attract the cellar spider and they prefer this type of surrounding more than anything. You can also find them under rocks where they can get that same feel of moisture. Many also refer to the cellar spider as the "daddy longlegs" or "grandaddy longlegs". Some believe the myth that the cellar spider is venomous, which is far from true. There is no venom in these spiders, and even if there was, the insects aren't even being affecting by it. Therefore, we shouldn't worry about this.