Eastern Golden Orb-Weaving Spider
Other Names: Golden Orb-Weaving Spider
Family: Nephilinae (Golden Orb-weavers), 3 genera in Australia
Size: Male 5 mm, female 35 mm
References: Whyte and Anderson.
The genus Nephila makes web which has very strong thick yellow-golden looking strands in it. It has even been woven into garments.
Danger: I knew someone who said they were bitten by one of these and it was extremely painful, but they didn't get sick or have any medical problems from it. Whyte and Anderson say that Eastern Golden Orb-Weavers "are timid and successfully been demonstrated at public events to show even large spiders can be harmless if handled gently.
Note that dead spiders usually fade in colour, so nearly all the spiders will look blacker or darker in colour in real life than they do in the photos of dead spiders from the museum.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 1785 x 2362.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 3372 x 1916.
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 1156 x 980.
A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia, by Robert Whyte and Greg Anderson.
This is my favourite field guide to Australian spiders. It has a proper index. It has amazing photographs. If I had to find a weak point of it, it would be that there are so many photos that there is less writing than there could have been. I like photos though so it's all good. 464 pages.
From the publisher, "A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia uses photographs of live animals to enable identification of commonly encountered spiders to the family level and, in some cases, to genus and species. Featuring over 1300 colour photographs, it is the most comprehensive account of Australian spiders ever published. With more than two-thirds of Australian spiders yet to be scientifically described, this book sets the scene for future explorations of our extraordinary Australian fauna."
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