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Mysmena wawuensis female paratype.jpeg
Mysmena wawuensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Mysmenidae
Petrunkevitch, 1928

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13 genera, 135 species

Mysmenidae is a spider family with about 135 described species in around 13 genera. The family is one of the least well known of the orb-weaving spiders because of their small size (0.76 to 3 mm (0.03 to 0.12 in)) and cryptic behaviour. These spiders are found in humid habitats such as among leaf litter and in caves.[2]


Species occur in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, New Guinea and several islands.


As of November 2015, the World Spider Catalog accepted the following genera:[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Currently valid spider genera and species", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2015-11-08 
  2. ^ Lin, Yucheng; Li, Shuqiang (12 May 2013). "Two new species of the genera Mysmena and Trogloneta (Mysmenidae,Araneae) from Southwestern China" (PDF). ZooKeys. Pensoft Publishers. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Family: Mysmenidae Petrunkevitch, 1928", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2015-11-08