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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Holarchaeidae
Genus: Holarchaea
Forster, 1955

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The Holarchaeidae are a spider family with only two described species in one genus Holarchaea.

They are only up to 1.5mm in size and shiny black to beige in color. Together with the Uloboridae and possibly the Mesothelae, they are one of three taxa of spiders known to lack venom glands.


Holarchaeid spiders are known only from the forests of Tasmania and New Zealand, where they live in microhabitats with consistently high humidity.


Holarchaea Forster, 1955


  • Forster, R. R. & N. I. Platnick (1984). A review of the archaeid spiders and their relatives, with notes on the limits of the superfamily Palpimanoidea (Arachnida, Araneae). Bull. Am. Mus. nat. Hist. 178:1-106. Abstract - PDF (60Mb)
  • Meier J. & White J. (eds) (1995). Handbook of Clinical Toxicology of Animal Venoms and Poisons. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2014): The world spider catalog, version 14.5. American Museum of Natural History. doi:10.5531/db.iz.0001

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