Genus: Melanoblossia

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

Four species, endemic to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Melanoblossia braunsi

Native to South Africa, where it has been recorded from karoo localities in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape.


Melanoblossia globiceps

Recorded from Okiep in the Northern Cape, South Africa.


Melanoblossia namaquensis

Recorded from Bowesdorp in the Northern Cape, South Africa.


Melanoblossia tridentata

Recorded from Kimberley in the Northern 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

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