sheet-web weavers, dwarf spiders
Their web is either : Flat, bowl-shaped, or domed
- small in size with long thin legs
- web a flat sheet often with perpendicular strands of silk
- spider hangs upside down under web
- Habitat: fields and woods, usually low to ground
- Size: 2-7 mm
More than 4,300 described species in 578 genera worldwide.
Linyphiidae is the second largest family of spiders
after the Salticidae.
New species are still being discovered throughout the world,
and the family is poorly known.
Commonly known as sheet weavers (from the shape of their
There are six subfamilies:
Common genera include
- the monotypic genus Tennesseellum and many others.
These are among the most abundant spiders in the temperate
regions, although many are also found in the tropics.