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Ray spiders
female Wendilgarda
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Superfamily: Araneoidea
Family: Theridiosomatidae
Simon, 1881

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12 genera, 75 species

The ray spiders (family Theridiosomatidae) are spiders most recognizable for their construction of cone-shaped webs. As of 2008, the family consists of 75 species in 12 genera.



The categorization into subfamilies follows Joel Hallan's Biology Catalog.

  • Eperiotypinae
  • Epeirotypus O. P-Cambridge, 1894 — Mexico to Costa Rica
  • Naatlo Coddington, 1986 — Central and South America
  • Ogulninae
  • Ogulnius O. P.-Cambridge, 1882 — Central and South America, South Asia
  • Platoninae
  • Chthonos Coddington, 1986 — South Africa
  • Plato Coddington, 1986 — South America
  • Theridiosomatinae
  • Andasta Simon, 1895 — South Asia
  • Baalzebub Coddington, 1986 — Central and South Africa, Australia
  • Epilineutes Coddington, 1986 — Mexico to Brazil
  • Theridiosoma O. P.-Cambridge, 1879 — worldwide
  • Wendilgarda Keyserling, 1886 — Central to South America, Asia
  • Zoma Saaristo, 1996 — Seychelles
  • Parogulnius Archer, 1953 — USA


  • B.J. Kaston (1972). How to Know the Spiders. Wm C. Brown Company Publishers.  
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2008): The world spider catalog, version 8.5. American Museum of Natural History.

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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
Superfamilia: Araneoidea
Familia: Theridiosomatidae
Subfamiliae: Epeirotypinae - Ogulniinae - Platoninae - Theridiosomatinae - incertae sedis

Overview of genera

Andasta - Baalzebub - Chthonos - Coddingtonia - Epeirotypus - Epilineutes - Naatlo - Ogulnius - Parogulnius - Plato - Theridiosoma - Wendilgarda - Zoma


Theridiosomatidae Simon, 1881


  • Coddington, J.A. 1986: The genera of the spider family Theridiosomatidae. Smithsonian contributions to zoology, 422: 1-96. PDF
  • Miller, J.; Griswold, C.; Yin, C.M. 2009: The symphytognathoid spiders of the Gaoligongshan, Yunnan, China (Araneae: Araneoidea): systematics and diversity of micro-orbweavers. ZooKeys, 11: 9-195. Abstract PDF
  • Saaristo, M.I. 1996: Theridiosomatid spiders of the granitic islands of Seychelles (Araneae, Theridiosomatidae). Phelsuma, 4: 48-52.


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

Vernacular names

English: Ray spiders
한국어: 알망거미과
日本語: カラカラグモ科
中文: 球体蛛科
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