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For the city in Spain, see Marchena, Seville. For people named Marchena, see Marchena (surname). For the island in the Galápagos, see Marchena Island.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
Subfamily: Heliophaninae
Genus: Marchena
Peckham & Peckham, 1909
Species: M. minuta
Binomial name
Marchena minuta
(Peckham & Peckham, 1888)
1 species

Cytaea minuta
Marchena sissonii
Sitticus synopticus

Marchena is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders). Its only described species, M. minuta, is only found in the United States. It dwells on the barks of conifers along the west coast, especially California, Washington and Nevada.[1] Marchena is the only North American species of Heliophaninae.[1]

It forms a monophyletic group with the genera Afraflacilla, Pseudicius and Festucula.[2]


This species can easily be distinguished from others in its range by the tubercles on the first femur of its first legs.[1] 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 c Maddison, Wayne. 1995. Marchena. Marchena minuta. Version 1 January 1995 (under construction). in The Tree of Life Web Project,
  2. ^ 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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