Tararua clara, copyright Te Papa Tongarewa.
Belongs within: Amaurobioidea.
Contains: Tegenaria, Mahura, Neoramia, Orepukia, Oramia.

The Agelenidae are a cosmopolitan group of spiders that construct flat sheet-webs attached to funnel-shaped retreats (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007).

Characters (from Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007): Small to medium-sized araneomorph spiders; eight eyes; ecribellate; colulus paired; posterior spinnerets two-segmented, long and slender, with apical segment tapering towards tip; tarsi with trichobothria increasing in length towards tip; three tarsal claws; entelegyne.

<==Agelenidae [Agalenoidae]
|–Ageleninae PVD10
|    |–Tegenaria PVD10
|    |–Malthonica Simon 1898 PVD10
|    |    |–M. pagana (Koch 1840) PVD10
|    |    `–M. silvestris (Koch 1872) SL14
|    `–Agelena Walckenaer 1805 JD-S07
|         |–A. consociata Denis 1965 A02
|         |–A. labyrinthica (Clerck 1757) S02 [=Aranea labirinthica C01, Tegenaria labirinthica C01]
|         |–A. limbata E95
|         |–A. naevia CM07
|         |–A. republicana JD-S07
|         `–A. rhodesiae Pocock 1901 P01
`–+–Mahura PVD10
|–Neoramia PVD10
|–Orepukia PVD10
|–Oramiella Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    `–*O. wisei Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–Neorepukia Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–*N. pilama Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    `–N. hama Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–Paramyro Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–*P. apicus Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    `–P. parapicus Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–Porotaka Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–*P. detrita Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    `–P. florae Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–Tuapoka Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–*T. ovalis Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    `–T. cavata Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–Ahua Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–*A. vulgaris Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–A. dentata Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–A. insula Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    `–A. kaituna Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–Tararua Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–*T. celeripes (Urquhart 1891) PVD10
|    |–T. clara Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–T. diversa Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–T. foordi Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–T. puna Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    |–T. ratuma Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|    `–T. versuta Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–Oramia PVD10
`–Huka Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–*H. pallida Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–H. alba Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–H. lobata Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
|–H. minima Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10
`–H. minuta Forster & Wilton 1973 PVD10

Agelenidae incertae sedis:
Hololena BS02
|–H. adnexa E95
`–H. nedra Chamberlin & Ivie 1942 BS02
Olorunia ocellata Pocock 1900 JD-S07, HD-S02
Agelescape affinis (Kulczyński 1901) [=Agelena affinis] MG03
Textrix K55
|–T. coarctata (Dufour 1831) K55
`–T. denticulata E95
Wadotes JVHN90
Alloagelena WZ08
Histopona Thorell 1869 MG03
`–H. torpida (Koch 1834) SL14
‘Hina’ Forster 1964 non Marwick 1927 F64
`–H. delli (Forster 1955) [=Ostearius delli] F64
Agelenopsis BS02
|–A. aperta BS09
`–A. utahana (Chamberlin & Ivie 1933) PS08
Lycosoides Lucas 1846 MG03
|–L. algirica Lucas 1846 E12
|–L. coarctata (Dufour 1831) MG03
|–L. digitalis Lycas 1846 E12
|–L. flavomaculata Lucas 1846 E12
|–L. lehtineni Marusik & Guseinov 2003 MG03
|–L. pallipes Lucas 1846 E12
|–L. rufipes Lucas 1846 E12
`–L. rufithorax Lucas 1846 E12
Eocryphoeca S93
|–E. distincta (Petrunkevitch 1942) S93
|–E. fossilis (Petrunkevitch 1942) S93
`–E. gracilipes (Koch & Berendt 1854) S93
Mastigusa S93
|–M. acuminata Menge 1854 S93
`–M. modesta Menge 1854 S93
Thyelia P92

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[E95] Elgar, M. A. 1995. The duration of copulation in spiders: comparative patterns. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 52: 1–11.

[E12] Evenhuis, N. L. 2012. Publication and dating of the Exploration Scientifique de l’Algérie: Histoire Naturelle des Animaux Articulés (1846–1849) by Pierre Hippolyte Lucas. Zootaxa 3448: 1–61.

[F64] Forster, R. R. 1964. The Araneae and Opiliones of the subantarctic islands of New Zealand. Pacific Insects Monograph 7: 58–115.

[HD-S02] Haddad, C. R., & A. S. Dippenaar-Schoeman. 2002. The influence of mound structure on the diversity of spiders (Araneae) inhabiting the abandoned mounds of the snouted harvester termite Trinervitermes trinervoides. Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 403–408.

[JVHN90] Jennings, D. T., W. M. Vander Haegen & A. M. Narahara. 1990. A sampling of forest-floor spiders (Araneae) by expellant, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Maine. Journal of Arachnology 18: 173–180.

[JD-S07] Jocqué, R., & A. S. Dippenaar-Schoeman. 2007. Spider Families of the World. Royal Museum for Central Africa: Tervuren (Belgium).

[K55] Kraus, O. 1955. Spinnen von Korsika, Sardinien und Elba (Arach., Araneae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 36: 371–394.

[MG03] Marusik, Yu. M., & E. F. Guseinov. 2003. Spiders (Arachnida: Aranei) of Azerbaijan. 1. New family and genus records. Arthropoda Selecta 12 (1): 29–46.

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[P01] Pocock, R. I. 1901. Diagnoses of some new species of spiders from Mashonaland. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, series 7, 7: 337–340.

[P92] Poinar, G. O., Jr. 1992. Life in Amber. Stanford University Press: Stanford.

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[S93] Selden, P. A. 1993. Arthropoda (Aglaspidida, Pycnogonida and Chelicerata). In: Benton, M. J. (ed.) The Fossil Record 2 pp. 297–320. Chapman & Hall: London.

[S02] Selden, P. A. 2002. Missing links between Argyroneta and Cybaeidae revealed by fossil spiders. Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 189–200.

[WZ08] Wang, X.-P., & M.-S. Zhu. 2008. Himalmartensus, a new genus of the spider family Amaurobiidae from Nepal (Araneae). Journal of Arachnology 36 (2): 241–250.

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