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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Mygalomorphae
Superfamily: Mecicobothrioidea
Family: Microstigmatidae
Raven and Platnick, 1981

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7 genera, 15 species

The Microstigmatidae are a small family of spiders with fifteen described species in seven genera. They are small ground-dwelling and free-living spiders that make little use of silk.

The family was removed form the family Dipluridae in 1981. The subfamily Pseudonemesiinae from the Ctenizidae family was also transferred into the Microstigmatidae.


Subfamilies are according to Joel Hallan.[1]

  • Envia Ott and Höfer, 2003

See also[edit]


  • Ott, R. & Höfer, H. (2003). Envia garciai, a new genus and species of mygalomorph spiders (Araneae, Microstigmatidae) from Brazilian Amazonia. - Iheringia 93: 373-379. PDF
  • Indicatti, Rafael P.; Lucas, Sylvia M.; Ott, Ricardo & Brescovit, Antonio D. (2008): Litter dwelling mygalomorph spiders (Araneae: Microstigmatidae, Nemesiidae) from Araucaria forests in southern Brazil, with the description of five new species. Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 25(3): 529-546.
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2009): The world spider catalog, version 10.0. American Museum of Natural History.