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Lampona or Lamponina species
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Lamponidae
Subfamily: Lamponinae
Genus: Lampona
Thorell, 1869
57 species

Lampona is a genus of spiders in the family Lamponidae and native to Australia and New Guinea. At least two species have a whitish tip to the abdomen and are known as white-tailed spiders. Both have been introduced to New Zealand. Both are hunting spiders, with other spiders their preferred prey.


The genus name is derived from Latin lampo "shine".



  • Platnick, N.I. (2000): A Relimitation and Revision of the Australasian Ground Spider Family Lamponidae (Araneae: Gnaphosoidea). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 245: 1-330. Web version - Abstract, PDF