Nesticidae
Scaffold Web Spiders
 

Diagnostic Features:

Small to medium sized spiders, ventral tarsal comb on leg IV and thickened (re-bordered) labium.

 

Family Distribution:

Is often found in caves but is widespread throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and the West Indies

 

Interesting Natural History Notes:

Most species in this family are found in caves, the rest are found in rock crevices in cool areas like near streams and rivers. Only a couple of species are found in cosmopolitan areas.

 

Origin of Latin Name:

From the Greek word meaning 'having to do with spinning'.

 

Genera found in the Northeastern United States:

Edimannella, Nesticus