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Wall crab spiders
Selenops sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Section: Entelegynae
Superfamily: Selenopioidea
Family: Selenopidae
Simon, 1897


4 genera, 189 species

The wall crab spiders (family Selenopidae), a member of a group of families collectively called crab spiders because of their laterigrade (forward-facing) legs. They also move much like crabs. This family consists of about 175 species in four genera, of which Selenops is the best known. The family is primarily tropical with the genus Anyphops confined to Sub-Saharan Africa and the genus Hovops confined to Madagascar. The spiders are very flat and are commonly found on walls or under rocks. They are quite agile and very difficult to capture. In addition their coloring makes them often quite difficult to see. Like almost all Entelegynae, they have eight eyes.



  • Anyphops Benoit, 1968 (Africa, Madagascar)
  • Garcorops Corronca, 2003 (Madagascar, Comoro Islands)
  • Hovops Benoit, 1968 (Madagascar, Reunion)
  • Selenops Latreille, 1819 (America, Asia, Africa, Mediterranean)

See also


  • Bosselaers, J. (2004). A new Garcorops species from Madagascar copal (Araneae: Selenopidae). Zootaxa 445:1-7 PDF
  • Penney, D., Ono, H. & Selden, P.A. (2005). A new synonymy for the Madagascan copal spider fauna (Araneae, Selenopidae). J. Afrotrop. Zool. 2:41-44. PDF

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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: Entelegynae
Sectio: Dionycha
Superfamilia: Selenopoidea
Familia: Selenopidae
Genera: Anyphops - Garcorops - Hovops - Selenops - Siamspinops
[list of genera after Dankittipakul & Corronca (2009)]


Selenopidae Simon, 1897


  • Bosselaers, J. 2004: A new Garcorops species from Madagascar copal (Araneae: Selenopidae). Zootaxa, 445: 1-7. Abstract & excerpt PDF
  • Dankittipakul, P.; Corronca, J.A. 2009: Siamspinops, a new selenopid spider genus from Southeast Asia (Arachnida, Araneae). Organisms, diversity & evolution, 9: 69.e1-69.e12. doi: 10.1016/j.ode.2008.10.006


  • Platnick, N. I. 2008. The World Spider Catalog, version 9.0. American Museum of Natural History. [1]

Vernacular names

English: Wall crab spider
한국어: 겹거미과
日本語: アワセグモ科
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