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Heptathela kimurai
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Mesothelae
Family: Liphistiidae
Genus: Heptathela
Kishida, 1923

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34 species

Heptathela is a genus of spiders that includes the Kimura-gumo. They are basal trapdoor spiders of the family Liphistiidae and are found in Japan, China, and Southeast Asia.

Females are up to 25 mm long, males slightly smaller. Burrows have an oval shaped door which is hinged across the long diameter.[1]


The genus name is derived from Ancient Greek hepta "seven", referring to the number of spinneret glands.




  1. ^ Murphy & Murphy 2000
  2. ^ Schwendinger, P.J.; Ono, H. 2011: On two Heptathela species from southern Vietnam, with a discussion of copulatory organs and systematics of the Liphistiidae (Araneae: Mesothelae). Revue suisse de zoologie, 118(4): 599-637. abstract


  • Ono, Hirotsugu (1999): Spiders of the genus Heptathela (Araneae, Liphistiidae) from Vietnam, with notes on their natural history. J. Arachnol. 27: 37-43. PDF
  • Murphy, Frances & Murphy, John (2000): An Introduction to the Spiders of South East Asia. Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2008): The world spider catalog, version 8.5. American Museum of Natural History.

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