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A checklist of the non-acarine arachnids (Chelicerata: Arachnida) of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa

Charles R. Haddad, Ansie S. Dippenaar-Schoeman
Koedoe | Vol 51, No 1 | a149 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v51i1.149 | © 2009 Charles R. Haddad, Ansie S. Dippenaar-Schoeman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 July 2008 | Published: 21 April 2009

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Charles R. Haddad, University of the Free State, South Africa
Ansie S. Dippenaar-Schoeman, University of Pretoria and ARC Plant Protection Research Institute, South Africa

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As part of the South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA) in conserved areas, arachnids were collected in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. The survey was carried out between 1999 and 2007, and consisted of five intensive surveys between two and 12 days in duration. Arachnids were sampled in five broad habitat types, namely fynbos, wetlands, i.e. De Hoop Vlei, Eucalyptus plantations at Potberg and Cupido’s Kraal, coastal dunes near Koppie Alleen and the intertidal zone at Koppie Alleen. A total of 274 species representing five orders, 65 families and 191 determined genera were collected, of which spiders (Araneae) were the dominant taxon (252 spp., 174 genera, 53 families). The most species rich families collected were the Salticidae (32 spp.), Thomisidae (26 spp.), Gnaphosidae (21 spp.), Araneidae (18 spp.), Theridiidae (16 spp.) and Corinnidae (15 spp.). Notes are provided on the most commonly collected arachnids in each habitat.

Conservation implications: This study provides valuable baseline data on arachnids conserved in De Hoop Nature Reserve, which can be used for future assessments of habitat transformation, alien invasive species and climate change on arachnid biodiversity.


De Hoop Nature Reserve; Fynbos Biome; Nonacarine arachnids; species; South African National Survey of Arachnida


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