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

see text

Diversity
3 species

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

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Description

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

Relationships

This genus is related to the genera Euophrys and Talavera.

Name

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

Species

  • Lilliput minutus Wesolowska & Russell-Smith, 2000 (Tanzania)
  • Lilliput mkomaziensis Wesolowska & Russell-Smith, 2000 (Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Nigeria)
  • Lilliput pusillus Wesolowska & Russell-Smith, 2000 (Tanzania)

References

  • 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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