Giant Daddy-long-legs

Artema atlanta, family Pholcidae

Western daddy-long-legs, Pholcidae, Artema atlanta, male

Identification

Fine pin-like legs with span greater than large hand. Abdomen larger than pea. Length: including legs, 20-30cm. Dark coloured.

Distribution

Common west of Great Dividing Range but has been found in dry eastern areas in caves, mineshafts and other enclosed areas.

Web

Tangle with no particular structure.

Bite

One bite produced only local pain. Incorrectly attributed with dangerous venom. All venoms studies on the family Pholcidae have found only weak venom.

Notes

Bounces in web when disturbed.

Main prey: other spiders (including Redbacks) and insects.

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