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Family Nesticidae

the marlow holes franklin co tn 1 - Nesticus barri - female Theridiid species C - female Crystal Caverns Spider (Nesticus furtivus) - Nesticus furtivus Spider in Meacham Cave - Eidmannella pallida Cave Spider - Nesticus barri Cave spider - Nesticus barri - male Female theridiid - Nesticus silvestrii - female Gaucelmus augustinus?
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Nesticidae
38 named species in three genera in our area, plus a number of undescribed species. (1)
- bullata - Wiggley Cave, Culberson Co., TX(2)
- delicata - Ladder Cave, Val Verde Co., TX(2)
- nasuta - Davenport Cave, Medina Co., TX(2)
- pallida - cosmopolitan(2)
- reclusa - Tooth Cave, Travis Co., TX(2)
- rostrata - caves in and adjacent to Edwards Plateau of central TX(2)
- tuckeri - Phantom Lake Cave, Davis Co., TX(3)

- augustinus - Florida and Gulf States to TX, south through Mexico to Panama. West Indies: Bahama Islands and Puerto Rico.(2)

- archeri - Talladega Co., AL(2)
- barri - south-central TN and adjacent AL(2)
- barrowsi - caves of Overton Co. and Putnam Co., TN(2)
- bishopi - Macon Co., NC(2)
- brimleyi - caves of Rutherford Co., NC(2)
- carolinensis - caves of McDowell Co., NC(2)
- carteri - southern IN, KY, TN and eastward to WV(2)
- cellulanus - Holarctic. Widespread in Europe, introduced into northeastern US and Canada.(2)
- cooperi - Swain Co., NC(2)
- crosbyi - Yanci Co., NC(2)
- dilutus - Grassy Creek Cave, Rhea Co., TN(2)
- furtivus - Raccoon Mountain Caverns (previously known as Crystal Caverns), Hamilton Co., southeastern TN, near the junction of the TN, AL, and GA borders(4)
- georgia - extreme northwestern corner of GA(2)
- gertschi - eastern TN(5)
- holsingeri - southwestern VA(2)
- jonesi - Cave Spring Cave, Morgan Co., AL(2)
- mimus - southwestern VA and adjacent NC(2)
- nasicus - southwestern NC(5)
- paynei - northwestern TN, and Scott Co., Hancock Co., and Sullivan Co., VA(2)
- pecki - southeastern TN, along the edge of the Cumberland Plateau(4)
- potterius - Potter Creek Cave, and Samwell Cave(?), Shasta Co., CA(2)
- reclusus - Great Smokey Mountains, and adjacent areas of TN, and NC(2)
- secretus - Little Pigeon River, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Sevier Co., TN(2)
- sheari - Joyce Kilmer Memorial Park, Graham Co., NC(2)
- silvanus - Haywood Co., and Madison Co., NC(2)
- silvestrii - northern half of CA and north into southern BC(2)
- sodanus - Soda Springs Cave and undoubtedly present in other caves of the area and suitable epigean situations(2)
- stupkai - White Oak Sinks, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, TN(2)
- stygius - four caves on the western margin of the Cumberland Plateau in Overton Co., north-central TN(4)
- tennesseensis - TN, VA, and WV(2)
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 spider family Nesticidae (Araneae) in North America, Central America and the West Indies
Willis J. Gertsch. 1984. Bulletin of the Texas Memorial Museum.
3.New and rare nesticid spiders from Texas caves (Araneae: Nesticidae)
Cokendolpher, J. C. & Reddell, J. R. 2001. Texas Memorial Museum Speleological Monographs 5: 25-34.
4.Descriptions of a new species and previously unknown males of Nesticus (Araneae: Nesticidae) from caves in eastern North America
Hedin, M. & Dellinger, B. 2005. Zootaxa.
5. Two new species of Nesticus spiders from the southern Appalachians (Araneae, Nesticidae)
Coyle, F. A. & McGarity, A. C. 1992. Journal of Arachnology.