Agyneta mossica, copyright Marko Mutanen.

Belongs within: Linyphiidae.

Agyneta is a cosmopolitan genus of small spiders, mostly found among leaf litter.

Characters (from Miller 2011): Eyes subequal or anterior median eyes smallest, chelicerae may be somewhat excavated mesally, tibiae I-IV with two dorsal macrosetae, usually no other tibial or metatarsal macrosetae, pedipalp of adult female may be swollen. Abdomen typically uniform dark or with indistinct pattern. Male pedipalp with cymbium often somewhat raised and excavated basally, retrolateral margin with a distally-projecting process; lamella typically large and membranous, may be fringed; paracymbium complex and somewhat characteristic; tibial apophysis absent. Epigynum typically with two conspicuous atria that may be connected medially below the tip of a small, sinuous scape.

<==Agyneta Hull 1911 TS06
    `--A. (Meioneta Hull 1920) W76
         |--A. (M.) affinis (Kulczyński 1898) RKD02, MKD01
         |--‘Meioneta’ beata V09
         |--A. (M.) mossica (Schikora 1993) RKD02, K02
         |--‘Meioneta’ mollis V09
         |--‘Meioneta’ pseudorurestris (Wunderlich 1980) PO08
         |--‘Meioneta’ rurestris (Koch 1836) SS02 [=Microneta rurestris V09]
         |--‘Meioneta’ saxatilis (Blackwall 1844) BBM02
         |--‘Meioneta’ simplicitarsis (Simon 1884) SS02
         `--A. (M.) vera Wunderlich 1976 W76

Agyneta incertae sedis:
  A. affinisoides Tanasevitch 1984 MKD01
  A. alaskensis (Holm 1960) [=Meioneta alaskensis] MKD01
  A. allosubtilis Loksa 1965 MKD01
  A. buetko Wunderlich 1983 TS06
  A. cauta (Cambridge 1902) K02
  A. conigera (Cambridge 1863) BBM02
  A. decora (Cambridge 1871) BBM02
  A. formicaria (Balogh 1938) [=Microneta formicaria] W76
  A. jiriensis Wunderlich 1983 TS06
  A. laetesiformis Wunderlich 1976 W76
  A. maritima (Emerton 1919) MKD01
  A. muriensis Wunderlich 1983 TS06
  A. nigripes (Simon 1884) MKD01
  A. olivacea (Emerton 1882) MKD01
  A. pseudofuscipalpa Wunderlich 1983 TS06
  A. subtilis (Cambridge 1847) BBM02
  A. tuasivia (Marples 1956) [=Linyphia tuasivia] W76
  A. yulungiensis Wunderlich 1983 TS06

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BBM02] Bonte, D., L. Baert & J.-P. Maelfait. 2002. Spider assemblage structure and stability in a heterogeneous coastal dune system (Belgium). Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 331–343.

[K02] Koponen, S. 2002. Ground-living spiders in bogs in northern Europe. Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 262–267.

[MKD01] Marusik, Y. M., S. Koponen & S. N. Danilov. 2001. Taxonomic and faunistic notes on linyphiids of Transbaikalia and South Siberia (Araneae, Linyphiidae). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 12 (2): 83–92.

[PO08] Pluess, T., I. Opatovsky, E. Gavish-Regev, Y. Lubin & M. H. Schmidt. 2008. Spiders in wheat fields and semi-desert in the Negev (Israel). Journal of Arachnology 36 (2): 368–373.

[RKD01] Relys, V., S. Koponen & D. Dapkus. 2002. Annual differences and species turnover in peat bog spider communities. Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 416–424.

[SS02] Samu, F., & C. Szinetár. 2002. On the nature of agrobiont spiders. Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 389–402.

[TS06] Tanasevitch, A. V., & M. I. Saaristo. 2006. Reassessment of the Nepalese species of the genus Lepthyphantes Menge s. l. with descriptions of new Micronetinae genera and species (Araneae, Linyphiidae, Micronetinae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 86 (1): 11–38.

[V09] Verdcourt, B. (ed.) 2009. Additions to the Wild Fauna and Flora of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. XXVI. Miscellaneous records. Kew Bulletin 64 (1): 183–194.

[W76] Wunderlich, J. 1976. Spinnen aus Australien. 2. Linyphiidae (Arachnida: Araneida). Senckenbergiana Biologica 57 (1–3): 125–142.

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