Family: Desidae Pocock, 1895 []
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N.B.: Revalidated by Roth, 1967b: 4 (for Desis only) but greatly expanded subsequently; for a diagnosis, see Forster, 1970b: 21; considered a senior synonym of Toxopidae by Forster, 1970b: 110, whose concept differs greatly from that of Lehtinen, 1967, who considered the Desinae a subfamily of the Amaurobiidae separate from the Matachiinae (most genera of which Forster attributed to the Desidae); all genera placed by these authors either in the Desidae, or in the Desinae and Matachiinae, respectively, are listed here. For comments on the limits of this family, and the status of Toxops Hickman and related taxa, see Jocqué, 1994b: 283. Transfers of Gasparia, Goyenia, Lamina and Mangareia to Cicurinidae fam. n., of Hapona and Laestrygones to Cycloctenidae (Murphy & Roberts, 2015: viii), of Forstertyna to Megadictynidae, and separation of Matachiidae (new rank) containing the most genera of Desidae (Murphy & Roberts, 2015: ix) not sufficiently justified and are not accepted here.
Status: accepted
Last updated: 2016-10-01
Described in
Pocock, 1895b: 143
Number of valid genera: 37
Number of valid species: 175

Pocock, R. I. (1895b). Description of two new spiders obtained by Messrs J. J. Quelch and F. MacConnel on the summit of Mount Roraima, in Demerara; with a note upon the systematic position of the genus Desis. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (6) 16: 139-143. download pdf

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