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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Pimoidae
Wunderlich, 1986

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3 genera, 25 species

The Pimoidae spider family is a rather small group of 37 species in four genera. They are monophyletic, and possibly closest related to the Linyphiidae.[1]


The Pimoidae form a relictual group along the western coast of North America, Europe (Alps, Apennines and Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain) and the Himalayas. This makes a holarctic predecessor probable. In 2003, a species was found in Japan. The species Pimoa cthulhu, described by Gustavo Hormiga in 1994, is named for Howard Phillips Lovecraft's mythological deity Cthulhu.[2]


  • Nanoa Hormiga, Buckle & Scharff, 2005
  • Pimoa Chamberlin & Ivie, 1943 — North America, Asia, Europe (27 species)
  • Putaoa Hormiga & Tu, 2008 — China
  • Weintrauboa Hormiga, 2003 — China, Japan, Russia (7 species)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hormiga 1994
  2. ^ Hormiga 1994


  • Hormiga, Gustavo (1994): A Revision and Cladistic Analysis of the Spider Family Pimoidae (Araneoidea: Araneae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 549.
  • Hormiga, Gustavo (2003): Weintrauboa, a new genus of pimoid spiders from Japan and adjacent islands, with comments on the monophyly and diagnosis of the family Pimoidae and the genus Pimoa (Araneoidea, Araneae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 139: 261-281. PDF
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2007): The world spider catalog, version 8.0. American Museum of Natural History.

Resource Links[edit]

  • Pimoidae : Pimoidae page on Tree of Life Web Project.