Female Dictyna arundinacea, copyright Robin Rigby.

Belongs within: Neocribellatae.

The Dictynidae are a varied group of spiders found worldwide. The Dictyninae construct mesh-like webs on vegetation whereas the Cicurininae and Tricholathysinae are ground-dwellers. The Cicurininae have a reduced cribellum and reduced anterior median eyes. The cribellum is bipartite in the remaining subfamilies. Tricholathysinae have a pear-shaped carapace and elongate abdomen (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007).

Characters (from Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007): Small; six or eight eyes present (anterior median eyes reduced in Cicurininae); endites converging; legs with three tarsal claws; calamistrum uniseriate; branched tracheae; cribellate, with cribellum wide, or with cribellum reduced; entelegyne.

    |    |--Lathys Sim. 1884GC99, KK90
    |    |    |--L. alba Koch & Keyserling 1890KK90
    |    |    |--L. humilis (Blackwall 1855)S02 [=Lethia humilisV09]
    |    |    `--L. maculata Koch & Keyserling 1890KK90
    |    `--Cicurina Menge 1869S06
    |         |--C. arcuata Keys. 1887S06
    |         |--C. brevisJVHN90
    |         |--C. cicur (Fabricius 1793)SL14
    |         `--C. pusilla (Sim. 1886)S06
    `--+--Tricholathys [Tricholathysinae]GC99
       |    `--T. spiralis Chamberlin & Ivie 1935S02
            |--Nigma walckenaeriGC99, V09
            `--Dictyna Sundevall 1833JD-S07
                 |--D. arundinacea Linnaeus 1758S02
                 |--D. borealis Cambr. 1877S06
                 |--D. brevitarsa Emerton 1915PS08
                 |--D. calcarata Banks 1904S02
                 |--D. civicaE95
                 |--D. groenlandica Lenz 1897S06
                 |--D. hamifera Thorell 1872S06
                 |--D. innocens P.-Cambridge 1872S02
                 |--D. keyserlingiS06
                 |--D. latensE95
                 |--D. minutaJVHN90
                 |--D. phylaxJDW90
                 |--D. procera Kulczyński 1901K01
                 |--D. pusillaV09
                 |--D. reticulata Gertsch & Ivie 1936S02
                 |--D. uncinata Thorell 1856S02
                 |--D. urquharti Roewer 1951 (n. d.)PVD10 [=Linyphia decolora Urquhart 1894NS00]
                 |--D. variabilisP-C06
                 |--D. viridissimaP-C06
                 |--D. volucripesE95
                 `--D. volupisE95
Dictynidae incertae sedis:
  Archaeodictyna ulova Griswold & Meikle-Griswold 1987A02
  Devade Simon 1884S02
    |--M. gregalisJD-S07
    |--M. pallidus Banks 1904S02
    `--M. trivittatusE95
  Viridictyna Forster 1970PVD10
    |--*V. kikkawai Forster 1970PVD10
    |--V. australis Forster 1970PVD10
    |--V. nelsonensis Forster 1970PVD10
    |--V. parva Forster 1970PVD10
    `--V. picata Forster 1970PVD10
  Paradictyna Forster 1970PVD10
    |--*P. rufoflava (Chamberlain 1946)PVD10
    `--P. ilamia Forster 1970PVD10
  Arangina Lehtinen 1967PVD10
    |--*A. cornigera (de Dalmas 1917)PVD10 [=Dictyna cornigeraFF99]
    `--A. pluva Forster 1970PVD10
  Emblyna annulipes (Blackwall 1846)PS08
  Mexitlia trivittataBS09
  Heterodictyna puellaV09
  Sinodictyna fushunensis Hong 1982S93
Nomen nudum; Dictyna polarisS06

*Type species of generic name indicated


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