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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Amphinectidae
Forster & Wilton, 1973

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36 genera, 187 species

The Amphinectidae are a spider family with about 180 described species in 35 genera.

The family Neolanidae, with its only genus Neolana, was merged into this family in 2005.[1]


This family is almost exclusively confined to New Zealand and the Australian region, with only Metaltella found in South America from Argentina to Brazil, and Calacadia in Chile.

Metaltella simoni has been introduced in a large part of the Southern United States (records exist from California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida) and is considered an invasive species in Florida. It is feared that it could extirpate the native titanoecid species Titanoeca brunnea.


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  1. ^ Griswold et al. 2005
  2. ^ "Taxon details Metaltella simoni (Keyserling, 1878)", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2015-10-11 


  • Davies, Valerie Todd (2002): Tasmabrochus, a new spider genus from Tasmania, Australia (Araneae, Amphinectidae, Tasmarubriinae). Journal of Arachnology 30: 219-226. PDF
  • Edwards, G.B.: (Cribellate Spider, Metaltella simoni (Keyserling) (Arachnida: Araneae: Amphinectidae) HTML (with pictures)
  • Griswold, C. E., M. J. Ramírez, J. A. Coddington & N. I. Platnick (2005): Atlas of phylogenetic data for entelegyne spiders (Araneae: Araneomorphae: Entelegynae) with comments on their phylogeny. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 56(Suppl. II): 1-324.
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2008): The world spider catalog, version 8.5. American Museum of Natural History.

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