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unidentified lamponid
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Lamponidae
Simon, 1893

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23 genera, 191 species
Unidentified lamponiid from Castle Hill, Sydney

The Lamponidae are a spider family with about 200 described species in 23 genera.


Species from this family are generally endemic to Australia, with the genus Centrocalia endemic to New Caledonia, and two Lampona species (L. cylindrata, L. murina) also occurring in New Zealand where it is commonly known as the "White Tail" spider. Lampona papua is endemic to New Guinea, where two otherwise Australian species (Centrothele mutica, Lamponova wau) also occur.


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

See also[edit]


  • A relimitation and revision of the Australasian ground spider family Lamponidae (Araneae, Gnaphosoidea). Bulletin of the AMNH 245. PDF (56Mb) - Abstract

Further reading[edit]

  • Platnick, N.I. (2004). On a Third Group of Flattened Ground Spiders from Australia (Araneae, Lamponidae). American Museum Novitates 3462. PDF (Platylampona)

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