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Megadictyna thilenii male.jpg
male Megadictyna thilenii from New Zealand
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Nicodamidae
Simon, 1898

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9 genera, 29 species

The Nicodamidae are a spider family with 29 species in nine genera.

They are small to medium-sized spiders found in small sheet webs close to the ground in eucalypt forests. In most cases the cephalothorax and legs are uniformly red and the abdomen black, for which these species are sometimes called the red and black spider.


The species of this family are only present in New Zealand and the Australian region.


Ambicodamus Harvey, 1995

Dimidamus Harvey, 1995

Durodamus Harvey, 1995

Forstertyna Harvey, 1995

Litodamus Harvey, 1995

Megadictyna Dahl, 1906

Nicodamus Simon, 1887

Novodamus Harvey, 1995

Oncodamus Harvey, 1995

See also[edit]


  • Harvey, M.S. (1995). The systematics of the spider family Nicodamidae ( Araneae: Amaurobioidea). Invertebrate Taxonomy 9(2):279-386

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