a cute spider on my shower ceiling

Kingdom: Animalia (animalia)
Phylum: Arthropoda (arthropods)
Class: Arachnida (arachnids)
Order: Araneae (spiders)
Suborder: Neocribellatae
Family: Pholcidae (cellar spiders)
Genus: Pholcus
Species: Pholcus phalangioides

* fun facts *
Some spiders, including P. phalangioides, have the ability to completely suck out a mosquito from the tip of one of its legs, although this may take up to twelve hours. Muwahahahaaaa!
When the web of P. phalangioides is disturbed, the spider swings its body around rapidly with its legs attached firmly to its web. It swings fast enough that the spider becomes very hard to see. This may be a form of camouflage.
(June 2005)

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