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Common Funnel web spider (Hippasa agelenoides) W IMG 2780.jpg
Common funnel web spider Hippasa agelenoides
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Clade: Entelegynae

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The Entelegynae or entelegynes are a subgroup of araneomorph spiders, one of the two main groups into which the araneomorphs were traditionally divided. (The other traditional subgroup, Haplogynae, has been shown not to be monophyletic.) Almost all members of this group have eight eyes, and females have a genital plate. However, some entelegyne species have no (or reduced) eyes, and six-eyed spiders do occur, for example in the genus Lygromma (Prodidomidae, Gnaphosoidea).

This clade contains both cribellate and ecribellate spiders.


A 2005 source included the following families in a cladogram showing the phylogeny of the Entelegynae:[1]


  1. ^ Coddington, Jonathan A. (2005). "Phylogeny and classification of spiders" (PDF). In Ubick, D.; Paquin, P.; Cushing, P.E. & Roth, V. Spiders of North America: an identification manual. American Arachnological Society. pp. 18–24. Retrieved 2015-09-24.  p. 20.
  • Griswold, C.E., J.A. Coddington, N.I. Platnick, and R.R. Forster (1999). Towards a phylogeny of entelegyne spiders (Araneae, Araneomorphae, Entelegynae). Journal of Arachnology 27(1):53-63. PDF - Abstract - (accompanying Character Data)