Pholcidae  C. L. Koch, 1850 / Pholcus  Walckenaer, 1805   11 species

Pholcus opilionoides  (Schrank, 1781)

Description
Male

Characters as in female.

Body length male: 4-5 mm
Female

Epigyne twice as broad as long. Colouration yellowish, prosoma with a darker pattern. Prosoma 1.2 mm long. Sternum grey brownish with a longitudinal light streak and 3 pairs of light spots. Opisthosoma mostly unicoloured.

Body length female: 4-5.5 mm
Additional information

Under rocks in free areas, in quarries and in hollow trees, in the ground layer in the forest, also in basements, hangs upside down in irregular webs.

Since a few decades, this species shows some spreading tendencies within Europe. Nevertheless, it shall not be listed as alien or invasive because it is native for Europe.

Troglophile species (Mammola et al. 2018)

Distribution
  Presence
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Europe, Caucasus, Egypt, Iran?
Phenology
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
 male  female
Females in spring, summer and autumn, males in spring and summer.
Figures
References

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Updates
24-09-2015 Distribution update Old value
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