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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Subfamily Linyphiinae - Sheetweb Spiders

Bowl and Doily Spiders mating - Neriene radiata - male - female Bowl and Doily Spider - Frontinella pyramitela Tiny Spider w/ two layer horizontal web - Frontinella pyramitela N. digna female - Neriene digna - female Small male spider - Lepthyphantes - male Frontinella communis - Frontinella pyramitela - female Adult male - Poeciloneta lyrica - male Aurora Megalepthyphantes  - Megalepthyphantes nebulosus - female
Classification
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.
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.