Garden centre spider Uloborus plumipes, copyright Olaf Leillinger.

Belongs within: Neocribellatae.

The Deinopoidea are the cribellate orb-weaving spiders, including the net-casting spiders of the Deinopidae and the triangle-web spiders of the Uloboridae. Members of the Deinopidae have the posterior median eyes greatly enlarged and remarkably long and slender fore legs; they construct a small, expandable web that they hold between the fore legs and cast over prey. The Uloboridae have rows of long trichobothria on the femora, and the fourth metatarsi dorsally compressed and curved under a uniseriate calamistrum; they also lack venom glands (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007).

Synapomorphies (from Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007): Tapeta absent; abdominal tubercles present; deinopoid tarsal comb present; numerous cylindrical gland spigots on posterior median and lateral spinnerets; resting position on web with anterior legs extended.

    |  i. s.: Palaeouloborus lacasae Selden 1990S93
    |    |--Avella P.-Cambridge 1877JD-S07
    |    |--Avellopsis Purcell 1904JD-S07
    |    |--Eodeinopes longipes Wunderlich 2017W19
    |    |--Menneus Simon 1876JD-S07
    |    |    `--M. camelusJD-S07
    |    |--Deinopis MacLeay 1839PVD10
    |    |    |--D. bicornisB96
    |    |    |--D. kollari Doleschall 1859D59
    |    |    |--D. ravidusB96
    |    |    |--D. spinosa Marx 1889SC97
    |    |    `--D. subrufa (Koch 1879)PVD10
    |    `--Palaeomicromenneus lebanensisSC20
    `--Uloboridae [Uloboroidae, Uloboroidea]BS09
         |  i. s.: PhiloponellaE90
         |           |--P. congregabilisD95
         |           |--P. oweniWY88
         |           |--P. republican (Simon 1891)B11
         |           `--P. vicinaE90
         |         Philoponus Thorell 1887K92
         |           `--P. pinnipes (Thor. 1877) [=Uloborus pinnipes]K92
         |         Octonoba sybotides (Bösenberg & Strand 1906)GC99, B11
         |         Miagrammopinae [Miagrammopoidae]W76
         |           |--Miagrammopes Cambridge 1869W76
         |           |    `--M. candata Koch & Keyserling 1890KK90
         |           |--Miagrammopsidis Wunderlich 1976W76
         |           |    `--*M. flavus Wunderlich 1976W76
         |           `--Ranguma Lehtinen 1967W76
         |                |--R. bradleyi (Pickard-Cambridge 1874) [=Miagrammopes bradleyi]W76
         |                `--R. lehtineni Wunderlich 1976W76
         |         TangaroinaeJD-S07
         |         Conifaber guaraniR14
         |         AndrogeusP92
         |--+--Waitkera Opell 1979BS09, PVD10
         |  |    `--*W. waitakerensis (Chamberlain 1946)PVD10
         |  `--Hyptiotes [Hyptiotinae]BS09
         |       |--H. cavatusE90
         |       |--H. gertschiBS09
         |       `--H. paradoxusE90
         `--Uloborus Latreille 1806BS09, JD-S07 [Uloborinae]
              |--U. americanusB06
              |--U. congeregabilis Rainbow 1916M72
              |--U. diversusE90
              |--U. domesticus Doleschall 1859D59
              |--U. flavolineatus Rainbow 1898M72
              |--U. geniculatus Olivier 1789B06, Z02 [=Zosis geniculatusB96]
              |--U. glomosus (Walckenaer 1841)SC97
              |--U. pantherinus Koch & Keyserling 1890KK90
              |--U. plumipes Lucas 1846E12
              |--U. spinitarsis Koch & Keyserling 1887KK90
              |--U. trilineatusE90
              |--U. variabilis Koch & Keyserling 1887KK90
              `--U. walckenaeriusE95 [=Theridion (Uloborus) walkenariumG20]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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