Research focuses on the systematics of spiders, with emphasis on the families Corinnidae and Salticidae in the Afrotropical Region; the biodiversity and ecology of arachnids in conserved areas, agroecosystems and natural habitats in South Africa; and the biology of termitophagous (termite-eating) and myrmecophagous (ant-eating) spiders. Biodiversity work is currently one of the main focus areas of arachnological research in South Africa, and essential to fulfilling the aims of the South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA). The material collected contributes to taxonomic studies, DNA-barcoding projects and to the Red-Data Listing of Arachnids in South Africa (SANSA phase II).

Description: Zoology and Entomology Keywords: Arachnology UFS

Description: Zoology and Entomology Keywords: Arachnology UFS

Study group members

Postgraduate student and research title

  • Mr Zingisile Mbo, MSc

"A revision of the spider genus Drassodella Hewitt, 1916 (Araneae: Gallieniellidae): The species in the national collection of Arachnida, Pretoria"

Description: Zoology and Entomology Keywords: Arachnology UFS Description: Zoology and Entomology Keywords: Arachnology UFS Description: Zoology and Entomology Keywords: Arachnology UFS

FACULTY CONTACT

Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199
E: makgwahlamvt@ufs.ac.za

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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