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Jul 13, 2012 11:01 AM

Six-legged spider

I have previously asked about this spider? but now have two photographs.  It was seen in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

 

It spun a weg and as you can see caught and ate a fly.  spider2 gives and idea of relative size cf. a housefly.

 

spider1 shows its characteristic position with its "bum" in the air.  It is clearly only six-legged.  Although it is possible it lost a pair this would have had to have happened symetrically.  Has anyone got any ideas.

 

It is not a daddy-long-legs as suggested by a previous reply, no wings, no halterers.

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    Jul 13, 2012 11:52 AM (in response to Tony Child)
    Re: Six-legged spider

    Possibly a harvestman (Opilones, which is still an arachnid but not a spider, and should have 8 legs) - I can't see a separate thorax and abdomen.

     

    Confusingly, they are also called daddy-long-legs in some countries/places.

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    Jul 13, 2012 7:06 PM (in response to Tony Child)
    Re: Six-legged spider

    To me it looks like the fella that guards my bookcases, Pholcus phalangoides. My friend still has all its eight legs, though.

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      Jul 14, 2012 7:22 AM (in response to Episcophagus)
      Re: Six-legged spider

      Agreed. It's a true spider and if it were in the UK I'd say it was Pholcus. This species is in parts of the US but I don't know if there are other related species too.

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