Genus: Chelypus

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

Of the eight species, seven have been recorded from southern Africa. The remaining species has been recorded from Zambia.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Chelypus barberi

Distribution includes South Africa (Northern Cape), Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe and Zambia.


Chelypus eberlanzi

Recorded from Luderitz, Namibia.


Chelypus hirsti

Distribution includes South Africa (Northern Cape), Namibia and Botswana.


Chelypus lawrencei

Recorded from Luderitz, Namibia.


Chelypus lennoxae

Recorded from South Africa (Northern Cape) and Namibia.


Chelypus shortridgei

Recorded from Kavango, Namibia.


Chelypus wuehlischi

Recorded from Gobabis, 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

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