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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Ceromidae

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

An African family of solifuges, containing three genera and 20 species. All three genera, and 11 species have been recorded from southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

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


Native to Southern and Eastern Africa, with seven of the 16 species recorded from southern Africa.



Three species, endemic to Southern Africa.



One species, Toreus capensis, Recorded from Bergvliet in the Cape Peninsula, Western Cape, South Africa.



  • 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