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Family Miturgidae - Prowling Spiders

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Miturgidae (Prowling Spiders)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
These spiders were originally placed in Clubionidae, as group Miturgeae of the subfamily Liocranidae. The group was elevated to family status by Lehtinen 1967. (1)

Zora was transferred from Zoridae to Miturgidae, Cheiracanthium and Strotarchus were transferred out of Miturgidae to the new family Eutichuridae by Ramírez, 2014.(2)(3)
3 genera of 8 described species in BugGuide's range (North America north of Mexico)
      S. analytica - Baja California to New Mexico (according to this NMSU website)
      S. eclectica (=longipes) - southwestern United States
      S. pallida - southwestern United States
      S. tigrina (=synthetica) - southwestern United States

      T. affinis - Oklahoma, Texas, & Louisiana
      T. insularis - Florida, at least the Greater Antilles (Cuba to the Virgin Islands), and most of tropical South America

     Z. hespera - western North America from southern BC to ID and south to CA and AZ.(1)
     Z. pumila - eastern United States from eastern KS to MA and south to eastern TX and FL.(1)
Print References
The morphology and phylogeny of dionychan spiders
By Ramírez, Martín J.
Internet References
World Spider Catalog (2014). World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern, online at, version 15.5, accessed on 11/11/2014(3)
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.The morphology and phylogeny of dionychan spiders
Ramírez, Martín J. 2014. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.
3.World Spider Catalog