ARC-PPRI: National Survey of Arachnida (1905-2009)

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South Africa (S.A.) has a rich arachnid fauna with about 5000 known species, which represent 6% of the global arachnid diversity. Currently 75% of the arachnids are endemic to S.A.. The South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA) was initiated in 1997. SANSA is an umbrella project dedicated to unify and strengthen biodiversity research on arachnids in S.A.

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Lyle R (2015): ARC-PPRI: National Survey of Arachnida (1905-2009). v1.3. South African National Biodiversity Institute. Dataset/Occurrence.


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This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 823c374e-b830-4ff2-9e97-0e86c39a3d8a.  South African National Biodiversity Institute publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by South African Biodiversity Information Facility.


Occurrence; Arachnida; Araneae; Scorpiones; Pseudoscorpiones; Opiliones; Amblypygi; Solifugae; Specimen


Robin Lyle
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Geographic Coverage

Southern Africa, with majority records in South Africa

Bounding Coordinates South West [-35, 11.09], North East [0, 46.23]

Taxonomic Coverage

All the Arachnida ordes (excluding the Acari)

Species Arachnida (Spiders)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1905-09-01 / 2009-04-11

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 823c374e-b830-4ff2-9e97-0e86c39a3d8a