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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Section: Entelegynae
Superfamily: Gnaphosoidea

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7 families, c. 2,700 species

The Gnaphosoidea are a superfamily of araneomorph, mostly eight-eyed spiders, with seven families:

The Prodidomidae, Lamponidae and Gnaphosidae are considered "higher gnaphosoids", sharing anterior lateral spinnerets consisting of only a single article; the lower gnaphosoids (Ammoxenidae, Cithaeronidae, Gallieniellidae and Trochanteriidae) retain a separate, complete distal article that is represented by an entire, subdistal ring of sclerotized cuticle.[1]


  1. ^ Platnick & Baehr 2006


  • Platnick, Norman I. & Baehr, Barbara C. (2006): A revision of the Australasian ground spiders of the family Prodidomidae (Araneae, Gnaphosoidea). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 298: 1-287. PDF