Giant Daddy-long-legs

Artema atlanta, family Pholcidae

Western daddy-long-legs, Pholcidae, Artema atlanta, male


Fine pin-like legs with span greater than large hand. Abdomen larger than pea. Length: including legs, 20-30cm. Dark coloured.


Common west of Great Dividing Range but has been found in dry eastern areas in caves, mineshafts and other enclosed areas.


Tangle with no particular structure.


One bite produced only local pain. Incorrectly attributed with dangerous venom. All venoms studies on the family Pholcidae have found only weak venom.


Bounces in web when disturbed.

Main prey: other spiders (including Redbacks) and insects.

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