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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Desidae
Genus: Matachia
Dalmas, 1917
Type species
M. ramulicola
Dalmas, 1917

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  • Urquhartia Bryant, 1933

Matachia is a genus of South Pacific intertidal spiders that was first described by R. de Dalmas in 1917. Originally placed with the Psechridae, it was moved to the intertidal spiders in 1970.


As of May 2019 it contains five species, all found in New Zealand:

  • Matachia australis Forster, 1970 – New Zealand
  • Matachia livor (Urquhart, 1893) – New Zealand
  • Matachia marplesi Forster, 1970 – New Zealand
  • Matachia ramulicola Dalmas, 1917 (type) – New Zealand
  • Matachia similis Forster, 1970 – New Zealand
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