Pholcidae
(Cellar Spiders)

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Picture of Pholcidae (Cellar Spiders) - Dorsal

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Hello, I live in middle Tennessee. I've recently bought a house and found a few dead brown recluse in the bonus room and caught a few on glue boards in the attic area. Downstairs I've only manage to catch cellar spiders. This image is of a very small spider that I'm assuming had not matured yet on a glue board. I removed its front legs and tried to get a clean shot of its face to try and ID it based on the eyes. However I can not seem to find any images of a baby brown recluse up close online and I was wondering if anyone is familiar. This spider has some pretty interesting designs up close, but I know that can change as they age. The glue trap was behind a toilet along the baseboard. Thanks for any help.

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Hi, this is a Cellar Spider (Pholcidae), I don’t recognize the exact species though. It’s an interesting one.

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This might be an undocumented introduced species from Asia, Pholcus crypticolens, or an undescribed species. I found examples of two others like it from Georgia and Kansas with expert commentary on BugGuide.net.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/352955
https://bugguide.net/node/view/761739

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