(Cellar Spiders)

The spider family Pholcidae, commonly known as Cellar Spiders, have been sighted 116 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Pholcidae includes 13 countries and 34 states in the United States. Pholcidae is most often sighted indoors, and during the month of March.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Pholcidae

Common Name (AASMore information icon)

Cellar Spiders or Daddy Longlegs

Other Common Names

Granddaddy Longlegs, Vibrating Spiders


Carl Ludwig Koch, 1850

Sightings Overview

There have been 116 confirmed sightings of Pholcidae (Cellar Spiders), with the most recent sighting submitted on February 12, 2019 by Spider ID member sjc19732002. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 116 sightings because of certain Pholcidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 48% of the time, Pholcidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 92)
  • Sex:¬†29 female and 18 male.
  • Environment:¬†Pholcidae has been sighted 27 times outdoors, and 72 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (18). Low foliage (3). High foliage (1). Ground layer (2). Under rock or debris (1). Desert area (2).

Location and Range

Pholcidae (Cellar Spiders) has been sighted in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mali, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States.

Pholcidae has also been sighted in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin.


Pholcidae has been primarily sighted during the month of March.

  • January: 10
  • February: 13
  • March: 25
  • April: 12
  • May: 22
  • June: 5
  • July: 6
  • August: 3
  • September: 1
  • October: 7
  • November: 2
  • December: 9

Genus: Artema

Genus: Crossopriza

Genus: Holocnemus

Genus: Pholcophora

Genus: Pholcus

Genus: Spermophora

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