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Long-legged sac spiders
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Section: Entelegynae
Superfamily: incertae sedis
Family: Miturgidae
Simon, 1885
Genera

Cheiracanthium
Miturga
Syspira
Teminius
many others

Diversity
26 genera, 351 species

The long-legged sac spiders (family Miturgidae) include nearly 400 species in about 30 genera worldwide.

The largest genus currently recognized as belonging to this family is Cheiracanthium, which used to be placed in the family of "true" sac spider, Clubionidae. The placement of the primarily Old World genus Cheiracanthium in the Miturgidae family is still being debated and may change. Only two species are known from the United States, one of which is obviously introduced. The genus is quite diverse in Africa and at least three or four species are known to occur in Egyptian cotton fields alone. The family would be totally obscure if it were not for the fact that members of Cheiracanthium are documented beneficial predators in agricultural fields and are also known to be mildly venomous to humans. The yellow sac spider, Cheiracanthium inclusum, has been studied more than the other species in regard to its role in controlling pest insects in the southeastern United States. Other genera include the more obscure southwestern US and Mexican Syspira, which superficially resembles a wolf spider (Family Lycosidae). The mostly tropical New World genus Teminius is noted for the thick velcro-like scopula on the undersides of the tarsi.

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Genera

The categorization into subfamilies follows Raven (2009)[1]

  • Eutichurinae
  • Calamoneta Deeleman-Reinhold, 2001 (Sumatra, Java)
  • Calamopus Deeleman-Reinhold, 2001 (Thailand, Indonesia)
  • Cheiracanthium C. L. Koch, 1839 (Holarctic, Africa, Australia)
  • Cheiramiona Lotz & Dippenaar-Schoeman, 1999 (Africa)
  • Ericaella Bonaldo, 1994 (South America to Panama)
  • Eutichurus Simon, 1897 (South America to Costa Rica)
  • Helebiona Benoit, 1977 (St. Helena)
  • Macerio Simon, 1897 (Chile, Argentina)
  • Radulphius Keyserling, 1891 (Brazil, Guyana)
  • Summacanthium Deeleman-Reinhold, 2001 (Sulawesi)
  • Tecution Benoit, 1977 (St. Helena)
  • Miturginae
  • Miturga Thorell, 1870 (Australia, New Guinea)
  • Prochora Simon, 1885 (Sicily, Israel)
  • Syrisca Simon, 1885 (Africa, South America)
  • Syspira Simon, 1895 (USA, Mexico)
  • Teminius Keyserling, 1887 (USA to Argentina)
  • Systariinae
  • Palicanus Thorell, 1897 (Southeast Asia)
  • Strotarchus Simon, 1888 (USA to Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Pakistan)
  • Systaria Simon, 1897 (Southeast Asia)
  • Tamin Deeleman-Reinhold, 2001 (Borneo, Sulawesi)
  • Xantharia Deeleman-Reinhold, 2001 (Borneo, Sumatra)
  • Diaprograptinae Raven, 2009
  • Diaprograpta Simon, 1909 (Australia)
  • Eupograpta Raven, 2009 (Australia)
  • Mituliodon Raven & Stumkat, 2003 (Timor, Australia)
  • Mitzoruga Raven, 2009 (Australia)
  • Nuliodon Raven, 2009 (Australia)
  • Zealoctenus Forster & Wilton, 1973 (New Zealand)
  • Pacificana Hogg, 1904 (New Zealand)
  • Parapostenus Lessert, 1923 (South Africa)

See also

References

  1. ^ Raven, R.J. 2009. Revisions of Australian ground-hunting spiders: IV. The spider subfamily Diaprograptinae subfam. nov. (Araneomorphae: Miturgidae). Zootaxa 2035: 1-40.

External links

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Wikispecies

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Taxonavigation

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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: Entelegynae
Familia: Miturgidae
Subfamiliae: Diaprograptinae - Eutichurinae - Miturginae - Systariinae - incertae sedis

Genera overview: Calamoneta - Calamopus - Cheiracanthium - Cheiramiona - Diaprograpta - Ericaella - Eupograpta - Eutichurus - Macerio - Mituliodon - Miturga - Mitzoruga - Nuliodon - Pacificana - Palicanus - Parapostenus - Prochora - Radulphius - Strotarchus - Summacanthium - Syrisca - Syspira - Systaria - Tamin - Tecution - Teminius - Xantharia - Zealoctenus

Name

Miturgidae Simon, 1885

References

links

  • Platnick, N. I. 2009. The World Spider Catalog, version 9.5. American Museum of Natural History. [1]

Vernacular names

English: Long-legged sac spiders
한국어: 미투기거미과
日本語: ツチフクログモ科
Wikimedia Commons For more multimedia, look at Miturgidae on Wikimedia Commons.

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