If an English name were needed for our only domestic species, which is found rarely away from man's buildings in hollow trees, it would be appropriate to call her the Mouse Spider on account of her glossy grey abdomen. But she can be a very fierce mouse. She reaches 11 mm. and has short brown legs and a rather narrow head.He goes on to describe its ability to subsist without water for months and its prowling behaviour 'at night on walls and ceilings in search of prey, retiring behind pictures or onto crevices in walls during the hours of daylight.' He must have kept this spider in captivity and observed it carefully and he goes on to describe its encounters with prey and its short mating behaviour. He describes to have observed two cases of mating in July. And it is at this time of year that adult specimens can commonly be found.
Bristowe, W.S. 1958 The World of Spiders. Collins New Naturalist Series, London. 304 pp.