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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Melanoblossidae

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

Endemic to southern Africa, except for one genus and species in its own subfamily that occurs in South-East Asia. There are six genera and 16 species of which five genera and 15 species occur in southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

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


One species, Daesiella pluridens, recorded from Arandis, Namibia.



Seven species, endemic to southern Africa.



Four species, endemic to southern Africa.



One species, Microblossia eberlanzi, recorded from Luderitz, Namibia.



Two species, known only from 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