Coneweb spider

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Coneweb spiders
Diguetia canities.jpg
Diguetia canities
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Diguetidae
F. O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1899
2 genera, 16 species

Coneweb spiders (Diguetidae) are six-eyed haplogyne spiders that live in tangled space webs, fashioning a cone-like central retreat where they hide and lay eggs. It is a small family, containing only two genera with fifteen species and is confined to the New World, preferring deserts. Members of the genus Diguetia usually build their webs in shrubs or between cactus pads. They have the same eye arrangement as the venomous recluse spiders (family Sicariidae), but none are known to be harmful to humans.[citation needed]


The group was first created by F. O. Pickard-Cambridge in 1899 as the subfamily Diguetiinae of the family Scytodidae.[1][2] It was raised to the rank of family by Willis J. Gertsch using the spelling "Diguetidae".[3] Pickard-Cambridge's use of double "i" is correct according to Article 29.3 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature,[4] since the name is based on the genus Diguetia. In 2004, Jörg Wonderlich suggested reducing it again to a subfamily, this time of Plectreuridae.[5] However, it is still sometimes considered a subfamily of the Plectreuridae.[1]

Genera and species[edit]

As of April 2019, the World Spider Catalog accepts the following genera:[1]


Diguetia Simon, 1895


Segestrioides Keyserling, 1883

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Family: Diguetidae F. O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1899". World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  2. ^ Pickard-Cambridge, F.O. (1899). "Subfam. Diguetiinae". In Godman, Frederick Ducane & Salvin, Osbert (eds.). Biologia Centrali-Americana: Arachnida - Araneida and Opiliones II. p. 53. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  3. ^ Platnick, N.I. (1989). "A revision of the spider genus Segestrioides (Araneae, Diguetidae)". American Museum Novitates. 2940: 1–9.
  4. ^ ICZN (1999), "Art. 29.3", International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (4th ed.), London, UK: The International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, retrieved 2016-05-13
  5. ^ Wunderlich, J. (2004). "Fossil spiders (Araneae) of the superfamily Dysderoidea in Baltic and Dominican amber, with revised family diagnoses". Beiträge zur Araneologie. 3: 633–746.

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