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Actinopus is a genus of mygalomorph spiders in the family Actinopodidae. It is found in South America, Central America and Trinidad.

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Mygalomorphae
Family: Actinopodidae
Genus: Actinopus
Perty, 1883[1]

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Male Actinopus sp. strolling along the upper course of Rio Lujan
Male Actinopus sp. floating on a thin film of water in a side channel of Rio Lujan


The genus was erected in 1883 by Maximilian Perty,[1] initially for the species Actinopus tarsalis, from Brazil. The genus name is derived from Greek actin- "ray, beam" and pous "foot".[2]


As of October 2016, the World Spider Catalog accepted the following species:[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Gen. Actinopus Perty, 1883", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2016-10-19 
  2. ^ Perty, M. (1833), "Arachnides Brasilienses", in de Spix, J.B. & Martius, F.P., Delectus animalium articulatorum quae in itinere per Braziliam ann. 1817 et 1820 colligerunt, Monachius , pp. 198-199