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Subfamily Linyphiinae - Sheetweb Spiders

Linyphiid - Microlinyphia - male Entelegynes 7.11.2009 - Neriene - male - female Spider - Frontinella pyramitela Platform Spider - Microlinyphia mandibulata - male platform spider - Microlinyphia dana - female Spider - Neriene digna - male Bowl and Doily Weaver - Neriene radiata - female Spider - Neriene
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Linyphiidae (Sheetweb and Dwarf Spiders)
Subfamily Linyphiinae (Sheetweb Spiders)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
BugGuide follows the subfamily placement of Spiders of North America (1). Linyphiid Spiders of the World (2) places some linyphiine genera in another subfamily, Micronetinae.
Size
mostly between 3 and 10 mm.
Identification
Mostly larger than Dwarf Spiders and usually have a pattern on the abdomen. The abdomen is usually longer than wide. (3)
Remarks
The shape of the web can help to identify the species of sheetweb spider. Webs can be flat, domed, or bowl shaped.
Works Cited
1.Spiders of North America: An Identification Manual
D. Ubick, P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing and V. Roth (eds). 2005. American Arachnological Society.
2.Linyphiid Spiders of the World
3.Spiders and Their Kin: A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
Herbert W. Levi, Lorna R. Levi, Nicholas Strekalovsky. 2001. St. Martin's Press.