The large "claws" are called pedipalps. These are believed to be tactile sensory organs. If you look closely at the photos you can see what at first seems to be blurring around the forked part of the pedipapls. This is in fact, a whole set of small, white cilia (hairs) with a feathery tip, each hair having a round tip. To view Scanning electron micrograph photos of, it click the link below. Both links below have been tested and should work.
This species has very long legs, the second pair can be up to 5cm long. It has a distinctive resting position, with held at right angles to the body, making it easy to identify. It has spread across Europe from Morocco. First reported in Bournemouth in 1957, it had spread to Scotland by the year 2000.
Looking on the British Spiders site, the last record of it was 2015. Perhaps my find can update this record?
The adult season for it runs roughly July to November. There are only small differences between the sexes.
Habitat: Mostly outside on walls and fences, also in garden sheds and occasionally indoors.
Status: Frequent in Britain.
Size: Males upto 4mm, females up to 6mm.
Now for the photographs:
Harvestman, Dicranopalpus ramosus
Note the white cilia round the
forked part of it's pedipalps