Ero aphana


Taxonavigation: Mimetoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Classis: Arachnida
Ordo: Araneae
Subordo: Opisthothelae
Infraordo: Araneomorphae
Taxon: Neocribellatae
Series: Entelegynae
Superfamilia: Mimetoidea

Familia: Mimetidae
Subfamiliae: Gelaninae - Melaenosiinae - Mimetinae - Oarcinae - †Protomimetinae

List of genera


Arocha – Arochoides – Australomimetus – Ermetus – Ero – Gelanor – Gnolus – Kratochvilia – Melaenosia – Mimetus – Oarces – Phobetinus – Reo – †Protomimetus



Mimetidae Simon, 1881

Type genus: Mimetus Nicholas Marcellus Hentz, 1832


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Vernacular names

English: Pirate Spiders
日本語: センショウグモ科
한국어: 해방거미과
Nederlands: Spinneneters
中文: 拟态蛛科
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