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Lycosidae female carrying young.jpg
Wolf spider carrying young
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Section: Entelegynae
Superfamily: Lycosoidea

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12 families, c. 4,000 species

The Lycosoidea are a superfamily of araneomorph eight-eyed spiders, with twelve families:

According to Fang et al. (2000),[1] the relationship of some families, inferred from mitochondrial 12S and 16S rDNA, is as follows:

       +---- Psechridae
    |  +---- Oxyopidae
    |  +---- Pisauridae
       +---- Lycosidae


  1. ^ Fang, K, Yang, C.-C., Lue, B.-W., Chen, S.-H. & Lue, K.-Y. (2000). Phylogenetic Corroboration of Superfamily Lycosoidae [sic] Spiders (Araneae) as Inforred from Partial Mitochondrial 12S and 16S Ribosomal DNA Sequences. Zoological Studies 39(2):107-113. PDF