Mysmenidae

Trogloneta granulum, from Pavouci.


Belongs within: Araneoidea.

The Mysmenidae are minute spiders found in crevices or leaf litter in very humid habitats (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007).

Characters (from Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007): Very small; eight eyes; three tarsal claws; ecribellate; entelegyne; male with mating spine on metatarsus I (occasionally also on tibia I); cymbium of male palp with lobes or apophyses; female and sometimes males with sclerotised subdistal ventral spot on anterior femora.

Mysmenidae [Mysmeninae]
    |--Isela okuncana Griswold 1985 A02
    |--Kilifina S03
    |--Maymena JD-S07
    |--Microdipoena Banks 1895 S03
    |    `--M. nyungwe Baert 1989 S03
    |--Mysmenella Brignoli 1980 MG03
    |    `--M. jobi (Kraus 1967) [=Mysmena jobi] MG03
    |--Mysmenopsis Simon 1897 S03
    |    |--M. pachacutec JD-S07
    |    `--M. viracocha JD-S07
    |--Mysmena Simon 1894 MG03
    |    |--M. leucoplagiata (Simon 1879) MG03
    |    `--M. tasmaniae FF99
    `--Trogloneta Simon 1922 S03
         |--T. granulum Simon 1922 S03
         `--T. madeirensis Wunderlich 1987 S03

*Type species of generic name indicated

REFERENCES

[A02] Agnarsson, I. 2002. Sharing a web—on the relation of sociality and kleptoparasitism in theridiid spiders (Theridiidae, Araneae). Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 181–188.

[FF99] Forster, R., & L. Forster. 1999. Spiders of New Zealand and their World-wide Kin. University of Otago Press: Dunedin (New Zealand).

[JD-S07] Jocqué, R., & A. S. Dippenaar-Schoeman. 2007. Spider Families of the World. Royal Museum for Central Africa: Tervuren (Belgium).

[MG03] Marusik, Yu. M., & E. F. Guseinov. 2003. Spiders (Arachnida: Aranei) of Azerbaijan. 1. New family and genus records. Arthropoda Selecta 12 (1): 29–46.

[S03] Schütt, K. 2003. Phylogeny of Symphytognathidae s.l. (Araneae, Araneoidea). Zoologica Scripta 32 (2): 129–151.

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