Belongs within: Lycosinae. High on the Hogna Published 5 June 2024 Because of their wandering habits, larger species of the wolf spider family Lycosidae are among the more commonly encountered large spiders in many parts of the world. Among the largest of all lycosids are some of the species assigned to the genus Hogna. As… Continue reading Hogna


Belongs within: Lycosinae. The genus Lycosa has been used in the past for a diverse array of relatively large wolf spiders that construct silken burrows. It is now known to be polyphyletic in its earlier circumscriptions; the genus as currently recognised is most diverse in the western Palaearctic, but remains poorly defined and many species… Continue reading Lycosa


Belongs within: Amaurobioidea. The Cycloctenidae, scuttling spiders, are a group of free-living hunting spiders endemic to Australasia (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007). The Cycloctenidae: unassuming in Australasia The higher classification of spiders has long been a challenging subject. Sure, we’ve come a long way from the days of Clerck and Linnaeus, when every spider was included… Continue reading Cycloctenidae


Belongs within: Erigoninae. My lovely manly humps Published 5 December 2023 The Linyphiidae are one of the most spectacularly diverse of all spider families. Representatives of this family can be found all around the world, from the steamy tropics to the frozen tundra. However, they typically escape attention due to their small size, often only… Continue reading Oedothorax

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Belongs within: Araneoidea.Contains: Nephilinae, Micratheninae, Gasteracanthinae, Cyclosini, Mangora, Cyrtophora, Argiope, Cyrtarachninae, Neoscona, Araneus. The Araneidae are the largest family of orb-weaving spiders, members of which construct an orb web with a sticky spiral, or a modification thereof (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007). Members of the family are morphologically and behaviourally diverse and their classification has long… Continue reading Araneidae


Belongs within: Neocribellatae. The Argyronetidae are a Holarctic group of spiders including the water spider Argyroneta aquatica and related terrestrial species. Argyroneta aquatica is the most truly aquatic spider, constructing an underwater ‘diving bell’ of silk in which it traps a bubble of air that allows it to spend almost its entire life submerged, making… Continue reading Argyronetidae


Belongs within: Araneidae. Araneus is a genus of orb-weaving spiders including the European garden spider Araneus diadematus and related species. The name has been used in a much broader sense in the past (at its broadest, as a generic name for all spiders); many of the species listed below would now be placed in segregate… Continue reading Araneus


Belongs within: Avicularoidea.Contains: Oligoxystre, Avicularia, Chilobrachys, Selenocosmia. The Theraphosidae, tarantulas, are a pantropical group of sometimes very large mygalomorph spiders that inhabit silken burrows or retreats. In members of the South American subfamilies Theraphosinae and Aviculariinae, the abdomen bears urticating hairs that are used in defense (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007). The Indo-Australian Selenocosmiinae possess stridulatory… Continue reading Theraphosidae


Belongs within: Araneidae.Contains: Gasteracantha. A spider for Christmas Published 26 January 2022 In many warmer parts of the Old World, the spiny orb-weavers of the subfamily Gasteracanthinae are among the most eye-catching of all spiders. As well as constructing complex, easily seen webs in the manner of other orb-weavers, these spiders draw attention by their… Continue reading Gasteracanthinae


Belongs within: Mygalomorphae. The Hexathelidae, funnel web spiders, are a group of medium-sized to large spiders that live in tube or funnel webs under rocks or in crevices (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007). Characters (from Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007): Medium-sized to large mygalomorph spiders; cephalic region raised or low; eight eyes; labium provided with numerous cuspules;… Continue reading Hexathelidae