13 genera (40 species total), as per The World Spider Catalog
on August 19, 2011
Legs extremely long and thin, with flexible tarsi. (1)
Most species have whitish/gray coloration. (2)
- C. diluta - TX
- P. americana - widespread Western US & SW Canada
- P. texana - TX
- 17 species W US (to OK & TX)
- P. pullulus - SE only
(not finished with this list yet)
Dark areas of houses or basements/cellars. Some live under stones in dry temperate or subtropical areas. (2)
Video of cellar spider laying eggs: http://vimeo.com/29960640
The only cellar spider in North America that has the pointed abdomen and the trapezoidal-like shape in side view is Crossopriza lyoni
is the largest pholcid in the world and was introduced to North America. At this time, the only known colonies of this spider in the continental U.S. are in southern Arizona and southeastern California." ~R.J.Adams (June 14, 2009)
MYTH BUSTER ... "Stop the Urban Legend!"
Is the “Daddy Long-Legs” the most venomous spider? NO...Absolutely Not
There are 2 groups of Arachnids commonly called "Daddy Long-legs" & neither are dangerous to people.
ARACHNIDA: Opiliones (syn. Phalangida)
Commonly called "Harvestmen" or "Daddy Long-legs," Opiliones DO NOT POSSESS VEMON nor a delivery system.
ARACHNIDA: Araneae (True Spiders)
Family: Pholcidae, "Cellar Spiders"
Although these are "true spiders," their venom is mild and not considered dangerous to vertebrates (incl. humans).
Bernhard Huber's Pholcidae website (amazing!): http://www.pholcidae.de/