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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Superfamily: Scytodoidea
Family: Drymusidae
Simon, 1893

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1 genus, 10 species

The Drymusidae are a small spider family with ten species in one genus. They are also called false violin spiders or leaf-litter spiders. They resemble the violin spider or recluse spider (genus Loxosceles, Sicariidae), but other than these build a web[1]. Also unlike Loxosceles, which are highly venomous to man, spiders in Drymusidae are not believed to be harmful to humans.

They are grouped within the Scytodoidea superfamily together with the Periegopidae, Scytodidae and Sicariidae.



Most species occur in the Caribbean and South America, with two species found in South Africa.


Drymusa Simon, 1891

  • Drymusa armasi Alayón, 1981 (Cuba)
  • Drymusa canhemabae Brescovit, Bonaldo & Rheims, 2004 (Brazil)
  • Drymusa capensis Simon, 1893 (South Africa)
  • Drymusa dinora Valerio, 1971 (Costa Rica)
  • Drymusa nubila Simon, 1891 (St. Vincent)
  • Drymusa producta Purcell, 1904 (South Africa)
  • Drymusa serrana Goloboff & Ramírez, 1992 (Argentina)
  • Drymusa silvicola Purcell, 1904 (South Africa)
  • Drymusa simoni Bryant, 1948 (Hispaniola)
  • Drymusa spectata Alayón, 1981 (Cuba)

See also


  • Valerio, C.E. (1974). Prey Capture by Drymusa dinora (Araneae, Scytodidae). Psyche 81:284-287 PDF
  • Penney D. (1999) Hypotheses for the Recent Hispaniolan spider fauna based on the Dominican Republic amber spider fauna. Journal of Arachnology 27(1), 64-70. PDF


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies


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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Classis: Arachnida
Ordo: Araneae
Subordo: Opisthothelae
Infraordo: Araneomorphae
Taxon: Neocribellatae
Series: Haplogynae
Superfamilia: Scytodoidea
Familia: Drymusidae
Genus: Drymusa


Drymusidae Simon, 1893

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