NEPHILIDAE - GOLDEN ORB WEAVER

FACT FILE - 311

Family

Nephilidae

Species

Nephila edulis
(Labillardière, 1799)

Body Length

Female: Up to 40mm
Male: 7mm

Habitat

Builds an orb web suspended on long suspension strands between branches of trees and bushes, or manmade structures.

Toxicity

Bites may occur, but not considered dangerous.

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Photo: ©Glenn Gregg.

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Photo: ©Glenn Gregg.

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Photo: ©Glenn Gregg.

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Side view. Photo: ©Glenn Gregg.

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Facing view. Photo: ©Glenn Gregg.

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Ventral view. Photo: ©Glenn Gregg.

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Ventral view showing sternum. Photo: ©Glenn Gregg.

Nephila edulis and Nephila plumipes look very similar, however, N. plumipes has a conical mound on the front end of the sternum.

This is a mainland Australian spider, but has been found from time to time in Tasmania. It is suspected that it may 'balloon' here on northerly winds as a spiderling, or arrive as a stowaway passenger on interstate vehicles or containers. It may not colonise here as the weather is colder than its usual habitat.