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Tree trapdoor spiders
Paramigas subrufus 1895.jpg
Paramigas perroti
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Mygalomorphae
Family: Migidae
Simon, 1892

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10 genera, 91 species

Migidae is a family of spiders with about 90 species in 10 genera, known as tree trapdoor spiders. They have a Gondwanan distribution and occur almost exclusively on the Southern Hemisphere.

They are small spiders with rather little hair. They build burrows with a trapdoor. Some species live in tree fern stems.

Tree trapdoor spiders occur in South America, Africa and Australia, Madagascar, New Zealand and New Caledonia.


The categorization into subfamilies follows Joel Hallan.[1]

See also[edit]


  • Raven, R.J. (1984). Systematics and biogeography of the mygalomorph spider family Migidae (Araneae) in Australia. Aust. J. Zool. 32: 379-390 Abstract (Migas, Heteromigas)
  • Griswold, C. E. 1998a. The nest and male of the trap-door spider Poecilomigas basilleupi Benoit, 1962 (Araneae, Migidae). Journal of Arachnology, 26: 142--148. PDF
  • Zapfe, H. (1961). La Familia Migidae en Chile. Invest. Zool. Chil. 7: 151-157

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