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Two species, endemic to dunes of the southern Namib Desert in
Species native to southern Africa
Bigger than Carparachne aureoflava (body length 24 mm) and
white in colour.
Carparachne aureoflava (Wheeling spider)
Carparachne alba (body length 18 mm). Known as the Wheeling spider due
to its habit of folding its legs and cart wheeling down sand dunes to escape
predatory spider-hunting wasps.
Distribution and habitat
Endemic to dunes of the southern Namib Desert.
Derivation of name
In honour of Bernard Carp, who according to
www.britishmuseum.org, was a South
African scientist/naturalist who financed ornithological expeditions in southern
Africa in the 1950's (born 1901, died 1966). The Greek arachne