Argyrodes

Argyrodes elevatus, copyright treegrow.

Belongs within: Theridiidae.

Argyrodes, the dewdrop spiders, is a cosmopolitan genus of spiders, generally with a sharp peak to the silvery opisthosoma. In some species, such as A. rhomphaea and A. trigonum, males have the cephalothorax significantly produced in front of the eyes. Many species are kleptoparasitic, stealing prey from the webs of other spiders; other species feed on the web of other spiders or on the spiders themselves.

<==Argyrodes Simon 1864 [Argyrodinae]WA02
    |--A. ariamnesWA02
    |--A. cordilleraWA02
    |--A. rhomphaeaWA02
    |--+--A. baboquivari Exline & Levi 1962WA02
    |  `--A. trigonum Hentz 1850WA02
    |--+--A. antipodianus Cambridge 1880WA02
    |  |--A. argentatus Cambridge 1880WA02
    |  |--A. argyrodesWA02
    |  `--A. elevatus Taczanowski 1872WA02
    `--+--A. cancellatusWA02
       |--A. caudatus Taczanowski 1874WA02
       |--A. globosus Keyserling 1884WA02
       `--A. ululans Cambridge 1880WA02
Argyrodes incertae sedis:
  A. argentiopunctata Rainbow 1916M72
  A. cyrtophore Tikader 1963T72
  A. diplani Tikader 1963T72
  A. flavescens Cambridge 1880WA02
  A. flavipes Rainbow 1916M72
  A. gouri Tikader 1963T72
  A. incisifrons Koch & Keyserling 1890KK90
  A. jamkhedes Tikader 1963T72
  A. lepidus Pickard-Cambridge 1879PVD10
  A. nigronodosa Rainbow 1912M72
  A. walkeri Rainb. 1901R13

*Type species of generic name indicated

References

[KK90] Koch, L., & E. Keyserling. 1884–1890. Die Arachniden Australiens nach der Natur beschrieben und abgebildet vol. 2. Bauer & Raspe: Nürnberg.

[M72] Monroe, R. 1972. Chelicerate type-specimens in the Queensland Museum. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 16 (2): 291–307.

[PVD10] Paquin, P., C. J. Vink & N. Dupérré. 2010. Spiders of New Zealand: annotated family key and species list. Manaaki Whenua Press: Lincoln (New Zealand).

[R13] Rainbow, W. J. 1913. Arachnida from the Solomon Islands. Records of the Australian Museum 10 (1): 1–16.

[T72] Tikader, B. K. 1972. Spider fauna of India: catalogue and bibliography. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 69 (1): 91–101.

[WA02] Whitehouse, M., I. Agnarsson, T. Miyashita, D. Smith, K. Cangialosi, T. Matsumoto, D. Li & Y. Henaut. 2002. Argyrodes: phylogeny, sociality and interspecific interactions—a report on the Argyrodes symposium, Badplaas 2001. Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 238–245.

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