MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: Do daddy longlegs (opiliones) spin webs?

Area: Zoology
Posted By: Eric Kramer, post-doc, physics/chemistry, Brandeis University
Date: Tue Oct 7 14:06:17 1997
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 873976920.Zo

Daddy longlegs are related to spiders, but they aren't true spiders. They don't inject venom into their prey and they don't spin webs.

Daddy longlegs are the garbage collectors of the forest floor. They eat bugs that are smaller than they are. They also feed on dead animal matter and even fruit!

If you want to know more, check out a book on invertebrates or arachnids. Daddy longlegs may be listed in the index as harvestmen, Opiliones, or Phalangida.

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