Although we refer to African Arachnida, we use the name in a restricted sense and synonymous with the Afrotropical Region, a zoogeographical region that includes:

  • Africa south of the Sahara

  • Islands off the East Coast of Africa (Madagascar, the Mascarenes, the Comoros, the Seychelles and adjacent small islands Aldabra, Mauritius and Réunion (Zanzibar part of Tanzania)

  • Islands on the east coast namely St Helena, Ascension, Cape Verde, Sâo Tomé, Principe and Annobon (Bioko part of Equatorial Guinea)

  • The southern part of the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen) including the island Socotra 





AFRAD: Detailed information on all the SPIDER AND SCORPION FAMILIES, GENERA AND SPECIES of the Afrotropical Region, with keys to subfamilies, genera and species (if available) and information on their behaviour, distribution, research undertaken, list of genera and species now available as a FACT SHEET richly illustrated with drawings and photographs.


Co-ordinators :
A.S. Dippenaar-Schoeman, e-mail: dippenaara
R. Jocqué, e-mail: