Spiders of southern Africa

Spiders of southern Africa - Southern Africa : South Africa has just over 2000 species of Spider in 71 families. The biggest families in South Africa are Jumping Spiders (Salticidae: 240), Ground Spiders (Gnaphosidae: 176) & Crab Spiders (Thomisidae: 133). There are two endemic families: Spinyback S

South Africa has just over 2000 species of Spider in 71 families.
The biggest families in South Africa are Jumping Spiders (Salticidae: 240), Ground Spiders (Gnaphosidae: 176) & Crab Spiders (Thomisidae: 133).
There are two endemic families: Spinyback Spider (Chummidae) and Flat Velvetspiders (Penestomidae) to South Africa.

The best reference for South Africa is A Dippenaar-Schoeman. 2014. Field Guide to the Spiders of South Africa. Lapa (usually abbreviated on iSpot to ADS2014) - which illustrates 860 species in 372 genera.

There is no statistics for southern Africa, but Africa has 5430 species in 893 genera and 71 families. The best reference for the continent is ADS & R. Jocque. 1997. African Spiders an ID manual. PPRIH: 9

18 Jan 2015
Tony Rebelo