Tuberculotae

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Tuberculotae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Mygalomorphae
Infraorder: Tuberculotae
Families

See text.

Diversity
8 families, 1800 species

The Tuberculotae are an infraorder of mygalomorph spiders, consisting of eight families with ca. 250 genera and 1,800 species.

They are opposed to the Fornicephalae, which make up the rest of the Mygalomorphae. The key difference being the unique sensory hairs that have developed on their ommatidia primarily used for orientation in low light areas.

However, according to (Goloboff, 1993), neither group appears to be monophyletic.

References[edit]

  • Coddington, J.A. & Levi, H.W. (1991). Systematics and Evolution of Spiders (Araneae). Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 22:565:592. doi:10.1146/annurev.es.22.110191.003025
  • Goloboff, P.A. (1993). A Reanalysis of Mygalomorph Spider Families (Araneae). American Museum Novitates 3056. PDF