Wall spider
Oecobius navus, copyright Robert Whyte.

Belongs within: Eresoidea.

The Oecobiidae are a cosmopolitan group of small to medium-sized spiders that construct small star-shaped mesh-webs or multilayered webs over cracks or crevices in rocks or walls (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007).

Characters (from Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007): Small to medium-sized araneomorph spiders; three tarsal claws; cribellate or ecribellate; entelegyne; six or eight eyes; anal tubercle large, two-segmented with a double fringe of curved setae.

|–Uroecobiinae JD-S07
|    |–Urocteana Roewer 1961 JD-S07
|    `–Uroecobius Jullmann & Zimmermann 1976 JD-S07
|–Urocteinae [Urocteidae] JD-S07
|    |–Paruroctea blauvelti Petrunkevitch 1942 S93
|    `–Uroctea Dufour 1820 JD-S07
|         `–U. durandi A99
`–Oecobiinae JD-S07
|–Paroecobius Lamoral 1981 JD-S07
|–Platoecobius Chamberlin & Ivie 1935 JD-S07
`–Oecobius Lucas 1846 PVD10
|–*O. navus Blackwell 1859 PVD10
|–O. annulipes Lucas 1846 E12
|–O. cellariorum JD-S07
|–O. concinnus (Simon 1893) GLV14
`–O. domesticus Lucas 1846 E12

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A99] Ax, P. 1999. Das System der Metazoa II. Ein Lehrbuch der phylogenetischen Systematik. Gustav Fisher Verlag: Stuttgart (transl. 2000. Multicellular Animals: The phylogenetic system of the Metazoa vol. 2. Springer).

[E12] Evenhuis, N. L. 2012. Publication and dating of the Exploration Scientifique de l’Algérie: Histoire Naturelle des Animaux Articulés (1846–1849) by Pierre Hippolyte Lucas. Zootaxa 3448: 1–61.

[GLV14] García, L. F., M. Lacava & C. Viera. 2014. Diet composition and prey selectivity by the spider Oecobius concinnus (Araneae: Oecobiidae) from Colombia. Journal of Arachnology 42 (2): 199–201.

[JD-S07] Jocqué, R., & A. S. Dippenaar-Schoeman. 2007. Spider Families of the World. Royal Museum for Central Africa: Tervuren (Belgium).

[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).

[S93] Selden, P. A. 1993. Arthropoda (Aglaspidida, Pycnogonida and Chelicerata). In: Benton, M. J. (ed.) The Fossil Record 2 pp. 297–320. Chapman & Hall: London.

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