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Subfamily Linyphiinae - Sheetweb Spiders

spider - Neriene radiata unknown spider Spider - Centromerus cornupalpis - female Tiny Spider - Lepthyphantes Spider ID - Pityohyphantes - female Male erigonine - maybe Grammonota? - Linyphantes - male Pityohyphantes Frontinella huachuca - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
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.
mostly between 3 and 10 mm.
Mostly larger than Dwarf Spiders and usually have a pattern on the abdomen. The abdomen is usually longer than wide. (3)
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.