Family Sparassidae

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Chelicerae with 3 anterior, 4 posterior teeth and intermarginal denticles, female palpal claw with long and curved teeth, colouration brownish. 2 species: H. variegata in SE Europe, H. venatoria in greenhouses or as import

Heteropoda

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Eyes, dorsal view
(Jäger 2000)
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Chelicerae, ventral view
(Jäger 2000)
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Chelicerae with 2 anterior teeth, female palpal claw with short teeth

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Posterior eye row distinctly recurved, chelicerae with fused posterior teeth at least in distal part. Malta, N Africa, Near East to Central Asia

Cebrennus

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female Eyes, dorsal view
(Jäger 2014)
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Chelicera, ventral view
(Jäger unpubl.)
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Posterior eye row straight or procurved, chelicerae with distinctly separated posterior teeth

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1 to 2 retromarginal bristles at distal cheliceral basal segment

Eusparassus

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Chelicera, ventral view
(Urones 2006)
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4 to 11 retromarginal bristles at distal cheliceral basal segment

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Posterior eye row procurved, body length below 16 mm; colouration greenish (females) or greenish with red median stripe on the opisthosoma (males); in natural habitats

Micrommata

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Eyes, dorsal view
(Jäger 1998b)
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Both eye rows more or less straight. Males without twisted structure and with embolus freely visible in ventral view. Females without sclerotised plate. Colouration of live and preserved spiders brown. Mediterranean, in tropics and subtropics.

Olios

This key is a kind contribution by Peter Jäger.