The Arachnida Unit conducted research on arachnids for more than 50 years resulting in an extensive database of information. More than 350 papers including books, CD-roms, posters, scientific and popular publications have been published. We also provide a range of courses, lecture series and talks to the general public.

  • Handbooks
  • Dippenaar, A. & Dippenaar, N. 1987. Spiders. Insight series. Haum-De Jager, Pretoria pp.66. (out of print)

Dippenaar, A.S. & Dippenaar, N. 1980. Spinnekoppe. Insight Series, HAUM/De Jager, Pretoria.47 pp. (out of print)

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. & Jocqué, R. 1997. African spiders, an identification manual. Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook 9, Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria. 392 pp.

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A. S. 2002. Baboon and Trapdoor spiders of Southern Africa: an identification manual. Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook 13, Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria. 130 pp. LINK

Jocqué, R. & Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. 2006. Spider families of the World. Royal Museum for Centrral Africa, Belgium (available from second author)

Smith Meyer M.K.P. (with contributions by A.S. Dippenaar-Schoeman and E.Ueckermann). 1996. Mite pests and their predators on cultivated plants in Southern Africa (vegetables and berries). Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook 6, Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria. 90 pp.

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. & Van den Berg A.M. 2010. Spiders of the Kalahari. Plant Protection Research Institute Handboek 18, Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria. 114 pp.

  • CD-Roms

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. & Müller, G. 2000. Spiders and scorpions of medical importance in Southern Africa. CD-ROM version 2000.1 ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria.

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. 2002. The Spider Guide of Southern Africa. CD-ROM version 2001.2 ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria.

  • Wall Posters (for sale)

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. 2003. Venomous spiders of Southern Africa. Plant Protection Research Institute Poster series 2003.1, Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria.(out of print)

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. & Muller, G. 2003. Venomous scorpions of Southern Africa. Plant Protection Research Institute Poster series 2003.2, Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria.

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. 2003. Common spiders of South Africa. Plant Protection Research Institute Poster series 2003.3, Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria.

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. 2009. The magnificent eight spiders. Plant Protection Research Institute Poster series 2009.1, Agricultural Research Council.

  • Scientific Publications

List of spider publications (pdf)

List if mite publications

For more detail, contact: A.S. Dippenaar at DippenaarA@arc.agric.za