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Salt0001 Marchena minuta male.jpg
Male Marchena minuta in Humboldt County, California
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Salticidae
Subfamily: Salticinae
Genus: Marchena
M. minuta
Binomial name
Marchena minuta

Marchena is a genus of jumping spiders only found in the United States. Its only described species, M. minuta,[1] dwells on the barks of conifers along the west coast, especially California, Washington and Nevada.[2]

It forms a monophyletic group with the genera Afraflacilla, Pseudicius and Festucula.[3]


This species can easily be distinguished from others in its range by the tubercles on the first femur of its first legs.[2] M. minuta has a body length of about 4 mm.


The genus name is probably derived from the Spanish city of Marchena, Seville.[citation needed] As witnessed by other generic names, the describers had a habit of naming taxa after places unrelated to the species' distribution. The species name is Latin for "small, minute".


  1. ^ a b "Salticidae". World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Maddison, Wayne. 1995. Marchena. Marchena minuta. Version 1 January 1995 (under construction). in The Tree of Life Web Project,
  3. ^ Zabka & Grey 2002


  • Zabka, Marek & Gray, Michael R. (2002): Salticidae (Arachnida: Araneae) from Oriental, Australian and Pacific Regions, XVI. New Species of Grayenulla and Afraflacilla. Records of the Australian Museum 54: 269-274. PDF
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2009): The world spider catalog, version 9.5. American Museum of Natural History.

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