Nephilinae Checklist: Golden Orb Weaver Spiders, Hermit Spiders, Coin Spiders
Golden Orb Weaver Spiders, Hermit Spiders and Coin Spiders belong to the family Nephilidae or due to certain taxonomic revisions, the subfamily Nephilinae. This subfamily had been transferring between Araneidae, Nephilidae and Tetragnathidae, so I’ll just leave it at Nephilinae here. Some spiders may appear identical on photos, so please do not assume the identification of a spider simply based on the photographs here.
All photos are of live subjects shot in the field, with the dorsal view selected where available. Click on individual photos for larger views and views from other angles. As most specimens were not collected, identifications were done purely based on photographs and may not be 100% accurate.
This page will be updated regularly, please let me know if you spot any mistakes.
View my complete Flickr photo set: Nephilidae – Golden Orb Weaver Spiders.
Family: Nephilidae Simon, 1894
Nephilidae was resurrected in Dec 2018. Before that, it used to be in the subfamily Nephilinae under Araneidae. It looks like it is transferred back to Araneidae again in 2020, but I will leave it as Nephilidae or Nephilinae on this page.
Genus: Herennia Thorell, 1877
Genus: Nephila Leach, 1815
Genus: Nephilingis Kuntner, 2013
Genus: Nephilengys L. Koch, 1872
Genus: Trichonephila Dahl, 1911
Nephila inaurata was transferred to Trichonephila inaurata in Dec 2018 by Kuntner et al.