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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Tailed Daddy-Long-Leg
Crossopriza lyoni (Blackwall) 1867
diagram of body
A small conical extension is projected at the upper posterior end of the abdomen.
Classification: Family Pholcidae, Daddy-Long-Leg Spiders.
Habitat: Inside houses.
Female: 5-6 mm.
Male: 5-6 mm.
Distribution: Singapore (new record), Myanmar, Vietnam, India, South China, Japan, Northern Australia.
The carapace (the top part of the cephalothorax) has a deep excavation.
tangled web made by the spiderPholcids are long-legged spiders which construct loose tangled webs. Some of them are responsible for the "cobwebs" at neglected corners of buildings. They hang upside down in the webs and when disturbed, will vibrate themselves so vigorously that they blur themselves in the eyes of the intruder.

Eggs are held together by a few strands of silk and carried by the mother. They have six or eight eyes. Where eight eyes are present, the anterior median pair is small whle the rest are set in two groups of three. The jaws are fused at the base. Under a microscope, ring-like impressions are discernible on the long and apparently flexible tarsi (the last segment of the leg).
  From "A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by British Petroleum
© 2000 Joseph K H Koh