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Tangled nest spiders
Callobius sp. on redwood (Marshal Hedin).jpg
Callobius sp.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Amaurobiidae
Thorell, 1870[1]

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49 genera, 275 species

The Amaurobiidae are three-clawed cribellate or ecribellate spiders found in most parts of the world and difficult to distinguish from related spiders in other families, especially Agelenidae, Desidae and Amphinectidae. Their intra- and interfamilial relationships are contentious. According to the World Spider Catalog, 2017, the family Amaurobiidae includes about 275 species in 49 genera.[2]

In Australia, they are small to medium-sized entelegyne spiders with generous sheet webs across the floor of rainforests. They generally have eight similar eyes in two conservatively curved rows. They often have a calamistrum on metatarsus IV associated with a cribellum. Australian amaurobiids may be distinguished from the Amphinectidae by the absence of a pretarsal fracture and the presence of a retrocoxal hymen on coxa I.[3]


Pimus sp.

As of November 2018, the World Spider Catalog accepted the following species:[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Family Amaurobiidae Thorell, 1870 (genus list)". World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  2. ^ a b "Currently valid spider genera and species". World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  3. ^ [1] Spiders of Australia[dead link]

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