SANSA have registered projects in the Kruger National Park and arid-SANparks. For three parks species lists have been published, while two parks - the Table Mountain National Park and the Augrabies National Park are been surveys.

  • Karoo National Park

Thirty-eight families, represented by 102 genera and 116 species have been recorded so far from the Karoo National Park. Of these species, 76 (66.4 %) were wanderers and 39 (33.6 %) web builders. The Araneidae have the highest number of species (14) followed by the Thomisidae (10) and the Gnaphosidae (8), while 14 families are represented by a single species.


Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S., Leroy, A., De Jager, M. & Van den Berg, A. 1999. Spider diversity of the Karoo National Park, South Africa (Arachnida: Araneae). Koedoe 42: 31-42. (pdf)

  • Mountain Zebra National Park

Thirty-four spider families, 66 genera and 76 species are records from Mountain Zebra National Park. An updated check list with information on the guilds, habitat preferences and web types are available. A total of 3.8 % of the spiders known from South Africa are presently protected in the park. Fourteen of the 34 families representing 35 species (46.1 %) are web builders and twenty-one families represented by 41 species (53.9 %) are wanderers. The Thomisidae are the most diverse family represented by 11 species. This is an inventory project of the South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA) for spiders in the Nama Karoo and conserved areas.


Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. 1988. Annotated check list of the spiders (Araneae) of the Mountain Zebra National Park. Koedoe 31: 151-160. (pdf)

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. 2006. New records of 43 spider species from the Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa (Arachnida: Araneae). Koedoe 49: 23-28. (pdf

  • Kruger National Park

Spiders have been collected over a period of 16 years from the Kruger Nation­al Park, South Africa. A check list of the park consist of 152 species, 116 genera and 40 families. This represents about 7.6 % of the total known South African spider fauna. Of the 152 species, 103 are new records for the park. The ground dwelling spiders com­prise 58 species from 25 families. Of these, 21 % are web dwellers and 62 % free liv­ing, while 17 % live in burrows. From the plant layer, 94 species have been collected of which 53 % were web builders and 47 % free living wandering spiders.


Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. & Leroy, A. 2003. A check list of the spiders of the Kruger National Park, South Africa (Arachnida: Araneae). Koedoe 46: 91-100. (pdf)

Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. & González Reyes, Andrea X. 2006. South African National Survey (SANSA): Solifugae (sun-spiders) of the national parks and reserves of South Africa (Arachnida, Solifugae). Koedoe (pdf)


Kruger National Park to look at the effect of Opuntia on some invertebrate fauna

Survey of the Table Mountain National Park

Survey of Augrabies National Park

Survey of Golden Gate National Park

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