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Pandava laminata, female
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Titanoecidae
Lehtinen, 1967[1]
5 genera, 78 species
Egypt omitted from the map

Titanoecidae is a family of araneomorph spiders first described by Pekka T. Lehtinen in 1967.[2] It is fairly widespread in the New World and Eurasia with five genera and more than 50 species worldwide. These are mostly dark-colored builders of "woolly" (cribellate) silk webs. Several species are found at relatively high altitudes in mountain ranges and may be very common in such habitats.


As of April 2019, the World Spider Catalog accepts the following genera:[1]

  • Anuvinda Lehtinen, 1967 – Asia
  • Goeldia Keyserling, 1891 – South America, Mexico
  • Nurscia Simon, 1874 – Asia, Europe
  • Pandava Lehtinen, 1967 – Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea
  • Titanoeca Thorell, 1870 – Asia, North America, Europe, Ecuador, Algeria

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  1. ^ a b "Family: Titanoecidae Lehtinen, 1967". World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  2. ^ Lehtinen, P. T. (1967). "Classification of the cribellate spiders and some allied families, with notes on the evolution of the suborder Araneomorpha". Annales Zoologici Fennici. 4: 199–468.

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