BugFinder Insects by State Spiders Butterflies & Moths Bees, Ants, & Wasps Beetles All Bugs Videos (YouTube)

Long-bodied Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Long-bodied Cellar Spider

Loading SVG image placeholder
Image Credit: Arch Baker
Full-sized image of the Long-Bodied-Cellar-Spider Thumbnail image of the Long-Bodied-Cellar-Spider
Image Credit: Arch Baker
Full-sized image #2 of the Long-Bodied-Cellar-Spider Thumbnail image #2 of the Long-Bodied-Cellar-Spider
Image Credit: Arch Baker
Full-sized image #3 of the Long-Bodied-Cellar-Spider Thumbnail image #3 of the Long-Bodied-Cellar-Spider
Image Credit: Image copyright www.InsectIdentification.org; No Reproduction Permitted
Full-sized image #4 of the Long-Bodied-Cellar-Spider Thumbnail image #4 of the Long-Bodied-Cellar-Spider

The stealthy Long-bodied Cellar Spider should only invoke fear in small insect prey, not with humans trying to do laundry.

Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The elongated, tubular shape of the abdomen gave the Long-bodied Cellar Spider its common name. The rounded bottom and tapered waist could almost pass for the top of a skull and tapered jawline, giving rise to a second common name, Skull Spider. Thanks to its long, spindly legs, some call this spider a Daddy-Long-Legs. Daddy-Long-Legs is also used to refer to Harvestman, which are not spiders though they are still a part of the arachnid class.

The Long-bodied Cellar Spider can be seen bouncing on its own web to make itself harder to see by blurring itself to the observer. This behavior serves to disorient a predator or threat. Normally, they simply hang up-side-down, waiting for insects to wander into their web. The Long-bodied Cellar Spider has very small chelicera (mouth parts) and is not known to bite people. Though they are venomous (like 99% of all North American spiders), they are not poisonous. They have short fangs, which are too tiny to inject any venom.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Insect biting icon
Venomous insect icon


Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
      Order: Araneae
        Family: Pholcidae
View More
          Genus: Pholcus
View More
            Species: phalangioides
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Pholcus phalangioides
Other Name(s): Skull Spider, Daddy-Long-Legs
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 6mm to 10mm (0.23" to 0.39")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown
Descriptors: biting, venomous, long, skinny

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 6mm (0.2in) and 10mm (0.4in)
Lo: 6mm
Md: 8mm
Hi: 10mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
State of Alabama graphic
State of Arizona graphic
State of Arkansas graphic
State of California graphic
State of Colorado graphic
State of Delware graphic
State of Florida graphic
State of Georgia graphic
State of Idaho graphic
State of Illinois graphic
State of Indiana graphic
State of Iowa graphic
State of Kansas graphic
State of Kentucky graphic
State of Louisiana graphic
State of Maine graphic
State of Maryland graphic
State of Michigan graphic
State of Minnesota graphic
State of Mississippi graphic
State of Missouri graphic
State of Montana graphic
State of Nebraska graphic
State of Nevada graphic
State of New England graphic
State of New Jersey graphic
State of New Mexico graphic
State of New York graphic
State of North Carolina graphic
State of North Dakota graphic
State of Ohio graphic
State of Oklahoma graphic
State of Oregon graphic
State of Pennsylvania graphic
State of South Carolina graphic
State of South Dakota graphic
State of Tennessee graphic
State of Texas graphic
State of Utah graphic
State of Virginia graphic
State of Washington graphic
State of West Virginia graphic
State of Wisconsin graphic
State of Wyoming graphic
Canadian territory of Alberta graphic
Canadian territory of British Columbia graphic
Canadian territory of Manitoba graphic
Canadian territory of New Brunswick graphic
Canadian territory of Newfoundland and Labrador graphic
Canadian territory of Ontario graphic
Canadian territory of Quebec graphic
Canadian territory of Saskatchewan graphic
Territory map graphic of the country of Mexico
Contiguous United States shape map layer graphic
Prince Edward Is.  
* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Long-bodied Cellar Spider may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Long-bodied Cellar Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Sitemap

Beetle Identification Butterfly Identification Caterpillar Identification Spider ID

www.InsectIdentification.org • Content ©2006- InsectIdentification.org • All Rights Reserved. The InsectIdentification.org logo, its written content, and watermarked photographs/imagery are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and is protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. This resource uses publically-released information. Material presented throughout this website is for entertainment value and should not to be construed as usable for scientific research or medical advice (regarding bites, etc...).Please consult licensed, degreed professionals for such information. By submitting images to us (InsectIdentification.org) you acknowledge that you have read and understood our Site Disclaimer as it pertains to "User-Submitted Content". When emailing please include your location and the general estimated size of the specimen in question if possible. Please direct all inquiries and comments to insectidentification AT gmail.com.

www.InsectIdentification.org • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2006-

Facebook Logo YouTube Logo