Stegodyphus

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Stegodyphus
S.lineatus.jpg
Stegodyphus lineatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Eresidae
Genus: Stegodyphus
Simon, 1873
Type species
Eresus lineatus
Latreille, 1817
Species

See text.

Diversity
21 species

Stegodyphus is a genus of araneomorph spiders in the family Eresidae. The 21 species are distributed from Africa to Europe and Asia, with two species (S. manaus and S. annulipes) found in Brazil.

At least three species are social, and several species are known to use ballooning as a method of dispersal.

Name[edit]

The genus name is derived from Ancient Greek stegos "covered".

Species[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kraus, O. & Kraus, M. (1992): Eresid spiders in the neotropics: Stegodyphus manaus n.sp. (Arachnida, Araneae, Eresidae). Verh. naturwiss. Ver. Hamburg 33: 15-19.
  • Schneider, J.M.; Roos, J.; Lubin, Y. & Henschel, J.R. (2001): Dispersal of Stegodyphus dumicola (Araneae, Eresidae): They do balloon after all! The Journal of Arachnology 29: 114-116. PDF