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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Mygalomorphae
Infraorder: Fornicephalae
Superfamilies and Families

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8 families, 723 species

The Fornicephalae are an infraorder of mygalomorph spiders, consisting of eight families with ca. 70 genera and 700 species.

They are opposed to the Tuberculotae, which make up the rest of the Mygalomorphae.

However, according to (Goloboff, 1993), neither group appears to be monophyletic.


  • Coddington, J.A. & Levi, H.W. (1991). Systematics and Evolution of Spiders (Araneae). Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 22:565:592. doi:10.1146/
  • Goloboff, P.A. (1993). A Reanalysis of Mygalomorph Spider Families (Araneae). American Museum Novitates 3056. PDF