Tanzania (genus)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
Subfamily: Euophryinae
Genus: Lilliput
Wesolowska & Russell-Smith, 2000
Type species
Lilliput mkomaziensis
Wesolowska & Russell-Smith, 2000

Tanzania is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders), with three described species that all occur in the Mkomazi Game Reserve of Tanzania.


These minute spiders range in body length from 1.5 to 3 mm. Both sexes look alike, but the females are sometimes darker.


This genus is related to the genera Euophrys and Talavera.


The genus name is derived from Lilliput, a land in Jonathan Swift's book Gulliver's Travels that is inhabited by minute people.



  • Wesolowska, W. & Russell-Smith, A. (2000). Jumping spiders from Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania (Araneae: Salticidae). Trop. Zool. 13: 11-127. PDF (with description of all species)

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