Genus: Zeria

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An African genus containing 60 species, 29 of which have been recorded from southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Zeria adunca

Recorded from Ovamboland, Namibia.


Zeria antelopicornis

Recorded from the Grootwinterhoek Mountains, Eastern Cape, South Africa.


Zeria caffra

Recorded from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


Zeria carli

Recorded from Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces, South Africa.


Zeria celeripes

Distribution includes South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, including Kruger National Park) and Zimbabwe.


Zeria ferox

Recorded from the following provinces in South Africa: Northern Cape, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo and North West.


Zeria fusca

Recorded from the Western Cape, South Africa.


Zeria glabricornis

Recorded from the Kaokoveld, Namibia.


Zeria langheldi

Recorded from Namibia.


Zeria lawrencei

Recorded from Angola and Namibia.


Zeria lethalis

Distribution includes South Africa (Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape), Namibia, Angola and DRC.


Zeria monteiri

Distribution includes South Africa (Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga), Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola.


Zeria nasuta

Recorded from DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.


Zeria nigrescens

Recorded from Mozambique (Lower Zambesi) and Kenya.


Zeria obliqua

Recorded from Windhoek, Namibia.


Zeria recta

Recorded from Windhoek, Namibia.


Zeria rhodesiana

Recorded from Tanzania and Zimbabwe.


Zeria sagittaria

Recorded from Mazowe, Zimbabwe.


Zeria schlechteri

South Africa (Northern Cape) and Namibia.


Zeria schoenlandi

Distribution includes South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Northern Cape, North West and Western Cape), Zimbabwe and Namibia.


Zeria sericea

Distribution includes South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumalanga), Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Malawi and DRC.


Zeria serraticornis

Distribution includes South Africa (Limpopo, Mpumalanga), Zimbabwe, Mozambique, DRC and Ethiopia.


Zeria spiralicornis

Recorded from South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumalanga, including Kruger National Park) and Zimbabwe.


Zeria strepsiceros

Recorded from South Africa (Limpopo, Mpumalanga) and Mozambique.


Zeria striata

Recorded 38 km east of Windhoek, Namibia.


Zeria toppini

Recorded from northern KwaZulu-Natal.


Zeria umbonata

Recorded from Karibib, Namibia.


Zeria vansoni

Recorded from N'changa, Zimbabwe.


Zeria venator

Distribution includes South Africa (Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape), Namibia and Angola.



  • 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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