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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Gallieniellidae
Millot, 1947

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10 genera, 48 species

The Gallieniellidae are a spider family with 48 species in ten genera.

The species of this family are suspected to be specialized in ant-preying.


The family was originally thought to be endemic to Madagascar. From the 1980s on, species were also found in southern Kenya, northeastern Argentina, and Australia. The Genus Drassodella was transferred from the family Gnaphosidae in 1990.


The categorization into subfamilies follows Joel Hallan's Biology Catalog.

See also[edit]


  • Platnick, N.I. (2002): A revision of the Australasian ground spiders of the families Ammoxenidae, Cithaeronidae, Gallieniellidae, and Trochanteriidae (Araneae, Gnaphosoidea). Bulletin of the AMNH 271 PDF (26Mb) Abstract (with key to Australian species)
  • Warui, C. & Jocqué, R. (2002): The first Gallieniellidae (Araneae) from Eastern Africa. The Journal of Arachnology 30:307–315 PDF
  • Goloboff, P.A. (2000): The Family Gallieniellidae (Araneae, Gnaphosoidea) in the Americas. Journal of Arachnology 28(1):1-6. PDF