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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Hexisopus

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

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

Species native to southern Africa

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

Hexisopus aureopilosus

Recorded from the Omaruru River near Hentiesbaai, Namibia.


Hexisopus crassus

Recorded from Worcester in the Western Cape, South Africa.


Hexisopus eberlanzi

Recorded from Luderitz, Namibia.


Hexisopus fodiens

An early record from the Kalahari, most likely in Botswana.


Hexisopus fumosus

Recorded from the Marienfluss, Kaokoland, Namibia.


Hexisopus infuscatus

Recorded from Walvis Bay, Namibia.


Hexisopus lanatus

Recorded from South Africa (Northern Cape) and Namibia.


Hexisopus moiseli

Recorded 32 km east of Swakopmund, Namibia.


Hexisopus nigrolunatus

Recorded from Omaruru, Namibia.


Hexisopus nigroplagiatus

Recorded from the Awasib Mountains, near Luderitz, Namibia.


Hexisopus psammophilus

Recorded from Gobabeb in the Namib Desert, Namibia.


Hexisopus pusillus

Kuiseb River Valley, near Swakopmund, Namibia.


Hexisopus reticulatus

Recorded from Augrabies National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.


Hexisopus swarti

Recorded 5 miles north of the Brandberg, Namibia.



  • 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