Oedothorax

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 a couple of… Continue reading Oedothorax

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Araneidae

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

Araneus

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

Gasteracanthinae

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 bright colours and ornate… Continue reading Gasteracanthinae

Latrodectus

Belongs within: Theridiidae. Latrodectus, the widow spiders, is a cosmopolitan genus of cob web spiders including a number of species of medical interest due to their toxic bites. Members of the genus are characterised by widely separated lateral eyes, a large colulus, and the absence of cheliceral teeth (Garb et al. 2004). The one about… Continue reading Latrodectus

Haplinis

Belongs within: Mynogleninae. Haplinis is an Australian genus of small spiders in which the male palp bears a long filiform or spiniform embolus that forms a loop lying in part outside the cymbium. Haplinis Simon 1894PVD10 |–*H. subclathrata Simon 1894PVD10 |–H. abbreviata (Blest 1979)PVD10 |–H. alticola Blest & Vink 2002PVD10 |–H. anomala Blest & Vink… Continue reading Haplinis

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Linyphia

Belongs within: Linyphiinae. Linyphia is a Palaearctic genus of small spiders in which the male palp has an inconspicuous embolus when unextended and a spirally coiled terminal apophysis. Linyphia Latreille 1804 [Linyphieae]W76 |–*L. triangularis (Clerck 1757)SC97 [=Araneus triangularisC01, Epeira (Linyphia) triangularisG20] |–L. albiapiata Urquhart 1891 (n. d.)PVD10 |–L. aucklandensis Forster 1964 [=L. campbellensis (l. c.)]F64… Continue reading Linyphia

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Parafroneta

Belongs within: Mynogleninae. Parafroneta is a genus of linyphiid spiders endemic to New Zealand in which the male palp is typically long and slender, without significant dilation apically. Parafroneta Blest 1979PVD10 |–*P. marrineri (Hogg 1909)PVD10 |–P. ambigua Blest 1979PVD10 |–P. confusa Blest 1979PVD10 |–P. demota Blest & Vink 2002PVD10 |–P. haurokoae Blest & Vink 2002PVD10… Continue reading Parafroneta

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Laetesia

Belongs within: Linyphiinae. Laetesia is a genus of linyphiid spiders, found in south-east Asia and Australasia, with eyes arranged in two procurved lines. Laetesia Simon 1908PVD10 |–L. amoena Millidge 1988PVD10 |–L. aucklandensis (Forster 1964)PVD10 |–L. bellissima Millidge 1988PVD10 |–L. chathami Millidge 1988PVD10 |–L. distincta Millidge 1988PVD10 |–L. forsteri Wunderlich 1976W76 |–L. germana Millidge 1988PVD10 |–L.… Continue reading Laetesia

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Neoscona

Belongs within: Araneidae. The monkey-orb of Asia Published 4 July 2016 Just a quick entry for this week. And for the second week in a row, today’s post will somehow involve monkeys. The orb-weavers of the family Araneidae are a highly diverse group of spiders, with well over 3000 known species. They are also one… Continue reading Neoscona