Psilochorus simoni (Berland, 1911)
A small spider, who's identity might be immediately suspected when seen, as this is a distinctive species. Its small size (less than 3mm) might mean it is overlooked as a young Pholcus, but the abdomen is differently shaped. Often more commonly known as the Long-legged Cellar Spider, Psilochorus simoni is originally of American origin and first appeared in the UK back in the 1920's. It has remained scarce and there are considerably less than a hundred UK records (per Spider and Harvestman recording scheme).

As far as we know, the sub-adult (pictured in the lower two photographs) that was found in a bathroom sink at our home in Market Warsop in early May 2016, was the first Nottinghamshire record. There have been a number of records since, including four in 2020, one of which was an adult and pictured in the top two photographs.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Psilochorus simoni
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated July 2020

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