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Western Ageleninae

Spider under bark - female Dark Funnel Spider Agelenid Agelenidae? Blue Western Ageleninae - male Hololena sp.? Agelenidae Western Ageleninae-Family Agelenidae
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Agelenidae (Funnel Weavers)
Subfamily Ageleninae
No Taxon Western Ageleninae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Agelenopsis - 14 species(1)
Calilena - 16 species(1)
Hololena - 30 species(1)
Melpomene - 1 species(1)
Novalena - 5 species(1)
Rualena - 9 species(1)
Tortolena - 1 species(1)
Many genera in subfamily Ageleninae are commonly confused for Agelenopsis, which also belongs to this subfamily.

The western non-Agelenopsis genera typically have shorter spinnerets than typical Agelenopsis, giving the abdomen a shorter and stubbier appearance.

However, BugGuide has photos of some genera/species (such as Calilena) that show that is not always the case.

Mature males of the non-Agelenopsis genera will lack the noticeably large spiral emboli on the pedipalps that are found on many Agelenopsis species. Examples of pedipalps from the non-Agelenopsis genera:
Agelenopsis - throughout North America
Calilena - CA, OR, WA, AZ, NV, UT, ID (2)
Hololena - CA, OR, WA, AZ, NM, NV, CO, UT, ID (3)
Melpomene - AZ (2)
Novalena - CA, OR, WA, AZ, NM, CO, UT, ID (3)
Rualena - CA (3)
Tortolena - southern TX (2)
This page contains unidentified images of the primarily Western genera listed above. The genera can be difficult to identify. The scientific literature for these genera is in need of revision, which further complicates identification.
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.North American Agelenidae of the genera Agelenopsis, Calilena, Ritalena and Tortolena
Ralph Chamberlin & Wilton Ivie. 1941. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 34(3): 585-628.
3.Agelenidae of the genera Hololena, Novalena, Rualena and Melpomene.
Chamberlin, R. V. & Ivie, W. 1942. Annals of the Entomological Society of America.