Nephila
(Golden Silk Orb-weavers)

Nephila, commonly known as Golden Silk Orb-weavers, is a genus of spiders in the family Araneidae. Nephila spiders have been sighted 69 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Nephila includes 16 countries and 4 states in the United States. Nephila is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of March.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Araneidae
  • Genus: Nephila

Other Common Names

Golden Silk Orb-weavers, Banana Spiders, Golden Orb-weavers, Golden Silk Spiders

Author

William Elford Leach, 1815

Sightings Overview

There have been 69 confirmed sightings of Nephila (Golden Silk Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on October 20, 2018 by Spider ID member spiderdijon. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 69 sightings because of certain Nephila sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 90% of the time, Nephila spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 52)
  • Sex: 35 female and 6 male.
  • Environment: Nephila has been sighted 70 times outdoors, and 2 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (21). On flower (2). Low foliage (20). High foliage (15). Ground layer (1). Open field, pasture, grassland (1). Forest (10).

Location and Range

Nephila (Golden Silk Orb-weavers) has been sighted in the following countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania, United States, Vietnam, Zambia.

Nephila has also been sighted in the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina.

Seasonality

Nephila has been primarily sighted during the month of March.

  • January: 4
  • February: 5
  • March: 12
  • April: 6
  • May: 10
  • June: 2
  • July: 4
  • August: 2
  • September: 5
  • October: 12
  • November: 2
  • December:

Additional Remarks

  • The subfamily this genus belongs to, Nephilinae Simon, 1894, was recently restored and transferred back to the family Araneidae from Nephilidae by Dimitrov et al., 2016. The nephilines have also been placed in the family Tetragnathidae in the past.


Nephila Species


Featured Pictures

Picture of Nephila spp. (Golden Silk Orb-weavers) - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Nephila spp. (Golden Silk Orb-weavers) - Ventral,Webs Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Nephila spp. (Golden Silk Orb-weavers) - Lateral,Webs Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Nephila spp. (Golden Silk Orb-weavers) - Female - Dorsal,Webs Enlarge Picture
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