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Araneomorphae (the "true spiders") is one of the two major clades of living spiders and includes the great majority of the world's spider families and species. The other major clade is Mygalomorphae (the tarantulas and allies). complex silk production, although a number of lineages have independently switched from a sedentary web-spinning lifestyle to being wandering hunters.

(Coddington 2005)

  • Coddington, J.A. 2005. Phylogeny and Classification of Spiders. Pp. 18-24 in D. Ubick, P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing, and V. Roth (eds.) Spiders of North America: an Identification Manual. American Arachnological Society.
  • Platnick, N. I. 2014. The world spider catalog, version 14.5. American Museum of Natural History, online at http://research.amnh.org/entomology/spiders/catalog/index.html.
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