Members of the family Galeodidae are known from northern Africa through
Asia. The 200 known species are distributed among nine genera: Galeodes
(174 species), Galeodopsis (5
species), Galeodumus (1 species), Gluviema
(1 species), Othoes (5 species), Paragaleodes
(11 species), Paragaleodiscus
(1 species), Roeweriscus (1
species) and Zombis (1 species).
No subfamilies are recognized.
Galeodids are readily distinguished from other
members of the order Solifugae by the presence of fine microsetae on the
tarsal claws of legs II through IV. This vestiture of microsetae
does not occur on any other group of solifuges. Most of the
species are relatively long-legged, and included among them are the
largest members of the order.