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Duripelta sp.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Orsolobidae
Cooke, 1965

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29 genera, about 180 species

The Orsolobidae are a six-eyed spider family with about 180 described species in 29 genera. They were separated from the Dysderidae. Several genera were transferred from the Oonopidae.


Most genera are endemic to New Zealand and the Australian region.

Several genera occur in southern Africa (Afrilobus, Azanialobus) and South America (Chileolobus, Mallecolobus, Orsolobus, Osornolobus, Falklandia, Losdolobus).


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  1. ^ Platnick, N.I. et al. 2012: Tarsal organ morphology and the phylogeny of goblin spiders (Araneae, Oonopidae), with notes on basal genera. American Museum Novitates, (3736) doi:10.1206/3736.2
  • Forster, R.R, Platnick, N.I. (1985): A review of the austral spider family Orsolobidae (Arachnida, Araneae), with notes on the superfamily Dysderoidea. Bulletin of the AMNH 181 PDF (147Mb!) Abstract
  • Griswold, C.E., Platnick, N.I. (1987): On the first African spiders of the family Orsolobidae (Araneae, Dysderoidea). American Museum Novitates 2892. (PDF 5Mb) Abstract (Afrolobus, Azanialobus)
  • Platnick, N.I., Brescovit, A.D. (1994): A new genus of the spider family Orsolobidae (Araneae, Dysderoidea) from Brazil. American Museum Novitates 3112 (PDF) (Abstract) (Losdolobus)

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