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Find-a-spider by family

This page lists all of the species presented for each of the spider families included in this website.

The Mygalomorphae

This name is given to the group of families that are considered to be comparatively primitive. They have two pairs of book lungs on the underside of the abdomen, fangs that operate vertically in a paraxial fashion, and no obvious female epigynum. They usually live in burrows either in the ground or in crevices in tree trunks because they cannot tolerate conditions that lead to desiccation (drying out).

Actinopodidae Description
Barychelidae Description
Dipluridae Description
Hexathelidae Description
Idiopidae Description
Nemesiidae Description
Theraphosidae Description
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The Araneomorphae

This name refers to the spider families that are considered modern (or advanced) and can tolerate exposed habitats that promote desiccation. Araneomorphs have only one pair of book lungs, fangs that operate in pincer-like diaxial fashion, and a distinctive epigynum on the underside of the female abdomen.

Amaurobiidae Description
Araneidae Description
Clubionidae Description
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Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 13 March 2009.