(Cellar Spiders)

The spider family Pholcidae, commonly known as Cellar Spiders, have been sighted 108 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Pholcidae includes 11 countries and 33 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 108 confirmed sightings of Pholcidae (Cellar Spiders), with the most recent sighting submitted on October 9, 2018 by Spider ID member stevedew. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 108 sightings because of certain Pholcidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 50% of the time, Pholcidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 84)
  • Sex:¬†29 female and 17 male.
  • Environment:¬†Pholcidae has been sighted 26 times outdoors, and 65 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (18). Low foliage (2). 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: Brazil, Canada, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mali, Puerto Rico, 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, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin.


Pholcidae has been primarily sighted during the month of March.

  • January: 9
  • February: 12
  • March: 25
  • April: 12
  • May: 22
  • June: 5
  • July: 6
  • August: 3
  • September: 1
  • October: 6
  • November: 2
  • December: 4

Genus: Artema

Genus: Crossopriza

Genus: Holocnemus

Genus: Pholcophora

Genus: Pholcus

Genus: Spermophora

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