Linyphiidae

These spiders have long, thin legs, and usually have fine spines. They are morphologically similar to the Theridiidae. Most species construct a platform-like or dome web, and they are sometimes called canopy spiders and ceiling-netspiders. Lesser-tia dentichelis is found on the walls in coal mines, and building webs over the pebbles of sewage beds in the UK.

Linyphia nebulosa Adults are about 4 mm long and light brown to yellowish brown with gray markings. The web is flat and can be 30 cm wide. This species occurs in the USA. A related species, L. marginata (Fig. i8.6f) occurs in cellars.

Hammock spider, Pityohyphantes phrygianus (Fig. 18.6g)

Males are 4.5-6 mm and females are 5-7 mm long. The carapace is white or pale yellow and there is a thin black line at the margins; the carapace has a median forked mark. The abdomen has a herringbone pattern medially. Webs are built on fences, in garages and unused outbuildings. This species is distributed in the USA, from New England south to North Carolina and west to California.

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