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Female Pandava laminata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Titanoecidae
Lehtinen, 1967[1]

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5 genera, 50+ species
Egypt omitted from the map

Titanoecidae is a spider family with five genera and more than 50 species worldwide. The family is fairly widespread in the New World and Eurasia. Once part of the family Amaurobiidae, these are mostly dark-colored builders of "woolly" (cribellate) silk webs. The main genus is Titanoeca. Several species are found at relatively high altitudes in mountain ranges and may be very common in such habitats.


As of January 2016, the World Spider Catalog accepted the following genera:[1]

  • Anuvinda Lehtinen, 1967 – India, Nepal, China, Thailand, Laos
  • Goeldia Keyserling, 1891 – Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela to Argentina, including Peru and Brazil
  • Nurscia Simon, 1874 – Europe, Egypt, Central Asia, Russia, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan
  • Pandava Lehtinen, 1967 – widespread from East Africa through South Asia to the Marquesas Islands; introduced into Europe
  • Titanoeca Thorell, 1870 – widespread in the Holarctic south to India

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Family Family: Titanoecidae Lehtinen,1967", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2016-01-13
  2. ^ "Currently valid spider genera and species", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2016-01-13

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