The family was proposed by Ellingsen (1906) when he named the genus Feaella from western Africa. Chamberlin (1923) added the subfamily Pseudogarypinae, then represented by the genus Pseudogarypus, but this group was placed in its own family by Chamberlin (1931) and all subsequent reseachers.
The family comprises a single genus, Feaella Ellingsen, which is divided into several subgenera.
Feaellids occur in Africa, the Indian region and north-western Australia, and are usually found in leaf litter, soil, or under rocks.
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