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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Hexisopodidae

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

A near endemic family to southern Africa, recorded as far north as Angola and Zambia. There are two genera and 23 species, with both genera and 21 species recorded from southern Africa. 

Genera native to southern Africa

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

Chelypus

Of the eight species, seven have been recorded from southern Africa. The remaining species has been recorded from Zambia.

 

Hexisopus

Fifteen species, of which 14 have been recorded from southern Africa. The remaining species is known from Angola.

 

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