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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Leptonetidae
Simon, 1890

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15 genera, 200 species

Leptonetidae is a family of relatively primitive haplogyne (lacking hardened external female genitalia) spiders, which includes 15 genera and nearly 200 species. The family is poorly known to anybody but specialists. Leptonetids are generally tiny, have six eyes arranged in a semicircle of four in front and two behind. Many live in caves or in leaf litter. They are found around the Mediterranean, and in Eurasia, Japan and the New World[clarification needed].


Name Discoverer Year Known Range
Appaleptoneta Platnick 1986 USA
Archoleptoneta Gertsch 1974 USA, Mexico, Panama
Barusia Kratochvíl 1978 Croatia, Greece, Montenegro
Calileptoneta Platnick 1986 USA
Cataleptoneta Denis 1955 Crete, Lebanon, Turkey
Falcileptoneta Komatsu 1970 Japan
Leptoneta Simon 1872 Central Asia, USA, Southern Europe
Leptonetela Kratochvíl 1978 Azerbaijan, Georgia, Greece, Turkey
Masirana Kishida 1942 Japan
Neoleptoneta Brignoli 1972 USA, Mexico
Paraleptoneta Fage 1913 Algeria, Italy, Tunisia
Protoleptoneta Deltshev 1972 Europe
Rhyssoleptoneta Tong & Li 2007 China
Sulcia Kratochvíl 1938 Balkans, Greece
Teloleptoneta Ribera 1988 Portugal

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  • Gertsch, W.J. (1978). The spider family Leptonetidae in North America. Journal of Arachnology 1:145-203. PDF
  • Platnick, N.I. (1986). On the tibial and patellar glands, relationships, and American genera of the spider family Leptonetidae (Arachnida, Araneae). American Museum novitates 2855. PDF

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