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Originally described as a subfamily of Anapidae, the recently erected araneoid spider family Synaphridae includes three genera, with a total of only twelve described species to date (Platnick, 2009). The family has been reported from southern Europe, West Asia and Africa (France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Portugal, the Baleares Islands, the Canary Islands, Croatia, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Egypt, and Madagascar). Recently synaphrids have been the focus of number of studies describing their remarkable morphology.

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