A large number of specimens of this immense family were collected by Mr. A. A. Girault, the greater majority by far being species, the individuals of which are small. Many of them, too, were the product of the sweeping-net. A number of old friends are, naturally, included; some are common and widely distributed, some are rare and local, while others are now for the first time introduced to the student. The collection includes many exceedingly brilliant and beautiful forms.
This sub-family has been divided by Simon into seven groups, but only two of these are represented here, namely, Tetragnatheae and Meteae.