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Tree from Coddington and Levi (1991)
Containing group: Araneomorphae


Coddington, J. A. and H. W. Levi. 1991. Systematics and evolution of spiders (Araneae). Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 22:565-592.

Griswold, C. E., J. A. Coddington, G. Hormiga, and N. Scharff. 1998. Phylogeny of the orb-web building spiders (Araneae, Orbiculariae : Deinopoidea, Araneoidea). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 123:1-99.

Griswold, C. E., J. A. Coddington, N. I. Platnick, and R. R. Forster. 1999. Towards a phylogeny of entelegyne spiders (Araneae, Araneomorphae, Entelegynae). Journal of Arachnology 27:53-63.

Griswold, C. E., M. J. Ramírez, J. Coddington, and N. Platnick. 2005. Atlas of Phylogenetic Data for Entelegyne spiders (Araneae: Araneomorphae: Entelegynae) with comments on their Phylogeny. Proceedings of the California. Academy of Sciences, 4th Series, vol. 56, Supplement II, pp. 1-324.

Jocqué, R. & A.S. Dippenaar-Schoeman. 2006. Spider Families of the World. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tevuren. 336pp.

Platnick, N.I., J.A. Coddington, R.R. Forster & C.E. Griswold. 1991. Spinneret morphology and the phylogeny of haplogyne spiders (Araneae, Araneomorphae). American Museum Novitates 3016:1-73.

Schutt, K. 2000. The limits of the Araneoidea (Arachnida: Araneae). Australian Journal of Zoology 48:135-153.

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Scientific Name Misumena vatia
Location Bodega Bay (Marin County, California, US)
Comments Yellow crab spider (goldenrod spider) on wild carrot, Daucus carota.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Collection CalPhotos
Copyright © 2000 Joseph Dougherty
Scientific Name Dolomedes tenebrosus
Comments Fishing spider with egg case.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Sex Female
Life Cycle Stage adult, egg sac
Copyright © Jim Kalisch
Scientific Name Leucauge magnifica
Location near Shueshe, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Leucauge magnifica
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2009 Arthur Chapman
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