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Selenops sp. (Marshal Hedin).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Selenopidae
Genus: Selenops
Latreille, 1890
115 species

Selenops is a spider genus that is found in many deserts of the world. It is very hard to distinguish the 115 species.

S. australiensis is found on or under dry bark in Australia. The female reaches 9mm, the male 7mm. It looks superficially like a huntsman spider.

S. radiatus has proved to be an effective controlling agent of the potato tuber moth in South Africa.


Named after the moon goddess Selene, and Greek -ops "eye", because of the moon-like form of the eyes.

Selected species[edit]


  1. ^ Jager, P. & Praxaysombath, B. (2011). "Selenops muehlmannorum spec. nov. from Southern Laos (Araneae: Selenopidae)." Zootaxa 2883: 65-68.

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