Long-legged sac spider

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Long-legged sac spiders
Cheiracanthium male Sac Spider Dorsal aspect IMG 7639.JPG
Cheiracanthium sp.
Chiracanthium eye pattern.jpg
C. inclusum eye pattern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Section: Entelegynae
Superfamily: incertae sedis
Family: Miturgidae
Simon, 1885
Genera

Cheiracanthium
Miturga
Syspira
Teminius
many others

Diversity
26 genera, 351 species
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The long-legged sac spiders (family Miturgidae) include nearly 400 species in about 30 genera worldwide.

The largest genus currently recognized as belonging to this family is Cheiracanthium, which used to be placed in the family of "true" sac spider, Clubionidae. The placement of the primarily Old World genus Cheiracanthium in the Miturgidae family is still being debated and may change. Only two species are known from the United States, one of which is obviously introduced. The genus is quite diverse in Africa and at least three or four species are known to occur in Egyptian cotton fields alone. The family would be totally obscure if it were not for the fact that members of Cheiracanthium are documented beneficial predators in agricultural fields and are also known to be mildly venomous to humans. The yellow sac spider, Cheiracanthium inclusum, has been studied more than the other species in regard to its role in controlling pest insects in the southeastern United States. Other genera include the more obscure southwestern US and Mexican Syspira, which superficially resembles a wolf spider (Family Lycosidae). The mostly tropical New World genus Teminius is noted for the thick velcro-like scopula on the undersides of the tarsi.

Genera[edit]

The categorization into subfamilies follows Raven (2009)[1] with the exception of the Systariinae and Eutichurinae which were explicitly excluded by Raven (2009)[2] and by Deeleman-Reinhold (2001).

  • Palicanus Thorell, 1897 (Southeast Asia)
  • Strotarchus Simon, 1888 (USA to Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Pakistan)
  • Systaria Simon, 1897 (Southeast Asia)
  • Tamin Deeleman-Reinhold, 2001 (Borneo, Sulawesi)
  • Xantharia Deeleman-Reinhold, 2001 (Borneo, Sumatra)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raven, R.J. 2009. Revisions of Australian ground-hunting spiders: IV. The spider subfamily Diaprograptinae subfam. nov. (Araneomorphae: Miturgidae). Zootaxa 2035: 1-40
  2. ^ Raven, R.J. 2009. Revisions of Australian ground-hunting spiders: IV. The spider subfamily Diaprograptinae subfam. nov. (Araneomorphae: Miturgidae). Zootaxa 2035: 1-40.

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