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 102 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Nephila includes 23 countries and 5 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 102 confirmed sightings of Nephila (Golden Silk Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on April 17, 2019 by Spider ID member 4whomdbelltolls. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 102 sightings because of certain Nephila sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 88% of the time, Nephila spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 85)
  • Sex: 44 female and 11 male.
  • Environment: Nephila has been sighted 110 times outdoors, and 4 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (29). On flower (2). Low foliage (31). High foliage (30). Ground layer (1). Freshwater river, lake, stream (1). Saltwater (1). Open field, pasture, grassland (1). Forest (14).

Location and Range

Nephila (Golden Silk Orb-weavers) has been sighted in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Oman, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United States, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia.

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

Seasonality

Nephila has been primarily sighted during the month of March.

  • January: 8
  • February: 9
  • March: 26
  • April: 7
  • May: 10
  • June: 3
  • July: 6
  • August: 2
  • September: 6
  • October: 13
  • November: 3
  • December: 4

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


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