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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Gylippidae

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthropoda > Arachnomorpha > Cheliceriformes > Chelicerata > Euchelicerata > Arachnida > Solifugae

Distribution includes Africa, the Middle East and Asia (including China). There are five genera and 26 species, of which three genera and seven species occur in southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

Information from Dippenaar-Schoeman et al. (2006) and Harvey (2003).

Bdellophaga

One species, Bdellophaga angulata, recorded from near Windhoek, Namibia.

 

Lipophaga

Limited to southern Africa, where there are three species.

 

Trichotoma

The three recorded species are all from Namibia.

 

Publications

  • Dippenaar-Schoeman A, Gonzalez Reyers AX, Harvey MS. 2006. A check-list of the Solifugae (sun spiders) of South Africa (Arachnida: Solifugae). African Plant Protection 12:70-92.
  • Harvey MS. 2003. Catalogue of the smaller arachnid orders of the world. CSIRO Publishing, Australia.

Text by Norman Larsen