Genus: Blossia

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Distribution includes Africa and the Middle East. Of the 49 species, 40 have been recorded from southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Blossia alticursor

Recorded from Botswana and South Africa (Western Cape).

 

Blossia brincki

Recorded from South Africa (Northern Cape).

 

Blossia clunigera

Recorded from South Africa (Northern Cape).

 

Blossia costata

Recorded from north of Windhoek, Namibia.

 

Blossia crepidulifera

Recorded from South Africa (Western Cape, Northern Cape).

 

Blossia echinata

Recorded from South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape, Free State).

 

Blossia falcifera

Recorded from Namibia, South Africa (Northern Cape) and Zimbabwe. Subspecies natalensis has been recorded from KwaZulu-Natal. Subspecies transvaalica has been recorded from Gauteng.

 

Blossia filicornis

Recorded from Namibia.

 

Blossia fimbriata

Recorded from Namibia.

 

Blossia gaerdesi

Recorded from Okahandja, Namibia.

 

Blossia grandicornis

Recorded from South Africa (Northern Cape).

 

Blossia hessei

Recorded from the Northern Cape, South Africa.

 

Blossia homodonta

Recorded from Unjab River mouth, Swakopmund, Namibia.

 

Blossia karrooica

Recorded from Prince Albert in the Western Cape, South Africa.

 

Blossia laminicornis

Recorded from Gauteng and the Northern Cape, South Africa.

 

Blossia lapidicola

Recorded from the Northern Cape, South Africa.

 

Blossia laticosta

A broad distribution including South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumalanga, including the Kruger National Park), Israel and possibly Somalia.

 

Blossia litoralis

A number of records, all from the Cape Peninsula (Western Cape, South Africa), particularly along the shoreline.

 

Blossia longipalpis

Recorded from Namibia and Angola.

 

Blossia macilenta

Recorded from the Northern Cape, South Africa.

 

Blossia maraisi

Recorded from Peddie in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

 

Blossia namaquensis

Recorded from South Africa (Northern Cape) and Namibia.

 

Blossia obscura

Recorded from Botswana.

 

Blossia orangica

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

 

Blossia pallideflava

Recorded from the Northern Cape part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

 

Blossia parva

Recorded from South Africa (no specified locality) and Namibia.

 

Blossia planicursor

Recorded from Gobabeb, Namib Desert, Namibia.

 

Blossia pringlei

Recorded from the Northern Cape, South Africa.

 

Blossia purpurea

Recorded 60 km east of Gobabeb, Namib Desert, Namibia.

 

Blossia robusta

Recorded from Keetmanshoop, Namibia.

 

Blossia rooica

Recorded from Gobabeb, Namib Desert, Namibia.

 

Blossia rosea

Recorded from the Northern Cape, South Africa.

 

Blossia sabulosa

Recorded from Gobabeb, Namib Desert, Namibia.

 

Blossia scapicornis

Recorded from the Northern Cape, South Africa.

 

Blossia schulzei

Recorded from Hardap Dam, near Mariental, Namibia.

 

Blossia setifera

Recorded from Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

Blossia singularis

Recorded from the northern part of the Kruger National Park, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

 

Blossia spinicornis

Recorded from Outjo, Namibia.

 

Blossia tricolor

Recorded from Kuibis, near Bethanien, Namibia.

 

Blossia unguicornis

Recorded from the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, South Africa.

 

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


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