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Telema tenella
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Telemidae
Fage, 1913[1]

See text.

9 genera, 62 species

Telemidae is a family of small Haplogynae spiders. Most are cave dwelling spiders with six eyes, though some do not have any eyes at all. There are about 60 described species in nine genera.

Physical features[edit]

The legs are long, thin, relatively spineless, and do not have trichobothria. They have three pairs of spinnerets, the longest of which is toward the head. Instead of book lungs, they have two pairs of tracheal spiracles. The elongate abdomen bears a hardened ridge above the pedicel running in a zigzag pattern that is more clearly defined in males than females. The pedipalp on males is oval and bag-like with a thin spermatophore. The female pedipalp does not have a claw.[3]


As of October 2015, the World Spider Catalog accepted the following genera:[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Family: Telemidae Fage, 1913", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2015-10-29 
  2. ^ "Currently valid spider genera and species", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2015-10-29 
  3. ^ Song, D.X.; Zhu, M.S. & Chen, J. (1999), The Spiders of China, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Publishing House, Shijiazhuang 
  • Platnick, N.I. (1986). On the tibial and patellar glands, relationships, and American genera of the spider family Leptonetidae (Arachnida, Araneae). American Museum novitates 2855. PDF Abstract (with info on Telemidae)