Holocnemus pluchei  Scopoli, 1763
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Arachnida / Araneae / Pholcidae
Marbled Cellar Spider     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
This species prefers dark, humid conditions; in the wild it inhabits caves but it is usually found in homes, especially basements and cellars. The web appears as a tangled mass of silk strands from which the spider habitually hangs upside-down; the web is irregular since it has no adhesive properties and so must ensnare prey through entanglement alone. When disturbed, the spider vibrates its body and sways rapidly - this behaviour makes the spider blurry and difficult to attack by potential predators.

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