The ARACHNOLOGY UNIT (Biosystematics Division) is a leading research centre doing research on agriculturally and environmentally important Arachnida in Southern Africa. The groups we study include the Acari (mites) (except ticks and oribatid mites); Araneae (spiders); Pseudoscorpiones (false scorpions); Solifuges (sun spiders); Opiliones (harvestmen) and Amplypygi (whipspiders). Research on arachnids has been conducted at ARC-PPRI for more than 60 years resulting in an extensive database of information housed in the National Collection of Arachnida. We have published more than 350 papers, including handbooks, CD's, manuals, posters, factsheets, scientific and popular papers. 

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SPIDER RESEARCH


SPIDER TAXONOMIC AND OTHER RESEARCH

SANSA (South African National
Survey of Arachnida)

PRODUCTS

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

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MITE RESEARCH


PARASITIC MITES

  • Of mammals, humans, birds
  • Of invertebrates
  • Research projects

PREDATORY MITES

  • Research projects on
    predatory mites

PLANT FEEDING MITES

  • Eriophyoidea
  • Tetranychoidea
  • Mites as control agents
    for weeds
  • Late Dr Lenie Meyer Smith

PRODUCTS

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

Contact:
Arachnida Line Manager: Prof Eddie Ueckermann
E-mail:
UeckermannE@arc.agric.za