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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Salticidae
Genus: Yllenus
Simon, 1868
Type species
Yllenus arenarius
Menge, 1868

See text.

18 species

Yllenus is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders), found from central Europe to China.[1]

Y. arenarius is peculiar in building silken nests under the sand surface of sandy dunes it inhabits.[2]


Many of the species formerly placed in this genus were transferred to new genera Logunyllus and Marusyllus by Jerzy Prószyński in 2016.[3][1]

As of March 2017, the World Spider Catalog accepted the following species:[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Gen. Yllenus Simon, 1868", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2017-03-19 
  2. ^ Bartos, Maciej (2002), "The sub-sand nests of Yllenus arenarius (Araneae, Salticidae): Structure, function and construction behavior", The Journal of Arachnology, 30: 275–280, JSTOR 3706271 
  3. ^ Prószyński, J. (2016), "Delimitation and description of 19 new genera, a subgenus and a species of Salticidae (Araneae) of the world", Ecologica Montenegrina, 7: 4–32 

Further reading[edit]

  • Logunov, D. V. & Y. M. Marusik (2003). A revision of the genus Yllenus Simon, 1868 (Arachnida, Araneae, Salticidae). Moscow: KMK Scientific Press.

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