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Nephilinae Checklist: Golden Orb Weaver Spiders, Hermit Spiders, Coin Spiders

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5 January 2020

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.

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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.

Subfamily: Nephilinae Simon, 1894

Genus: Herennia Thorell, 1877

Coin spider (Herennia sp.) - DSC_4260

Singapore: Herennia multipuncta (Doleschall, 1859) ♀

Coin spider (Herennia sp.) - DSC_9802

Singapore: Herennia multipuncta (Doleschall, 1859) ♂

Ornamental tree trunk spider (Herennia sp.) - DSC_7745

East Malaysia: Herennia deelemanae Kuntner, 2005 ♀

Genus: Nephila Leach, 1815

Golden orb web spider (Nephila pilipes) - DSC_1598

Singapore: Nephila pilipes (Fabricius, 1793) ♀

Golden orb weaver (Nephila pilipes) - DSC_7559

Singapore: Nephila pilipes (Fabricius, 1793) ♀

Golden orb web spider (Nephila pilipes) - DSC_1059

Singapore: Nephila pilipes (Fabricius, 1793) Sub ♀

Golden orb weaver (Nephila pilipes) - DSC_8909

Singapore: Nephila pilipes (Fabricius, 1793) ♀

Orb Web Spider (Nephilidae) - DSC_1449

Singapore: Nephila pilipes (Fabricius, 1793) Sub ♂

Golden orb weaver (Nephila sp.) - DSC_2922

Singapore: Nephila pilipes (Fabricius, 1793) ♂

Genus: Nephilingis Kuntner, 2013

Hermit spider (Nephilingis cruentata) - DSC_5759

Mozambique: Nephilingis cruentata (Fabricius, 1775) ♀

Hermit spider (Nephilingis cruentata) - DSC_5768

Mozambique: Nephilingis cruentata (Fabricius, 1775) ♀

Hermit spider (Nephilingis livida) - DSC_6914

Madagascar: Nephilingis livida (Vinson, 1863)

Hermit spider (Nephilingis livida) - DSC_7047

Madagascar: Nephilingis livida (Vinson, 1863)

Hermit spider (Nephilingis livida) - DSC_0553

Madagascar: Nephilingis livida (Vinson, 1863)

Hermit spider (Nephilingis livida) - DSC_2106

Madagascar: Nephilingis livida (Vinson, 1863) ♀

Genus: Nephilengys L. Koch, 1872

Nephilengys sp. - DSC_2177

Singapore: Nephilengys malabarensis (Walckenaer, 1841) ♀ ♂

Hermit spider (Nephilengys sp.) - DSC_8519

Singapore: Nephilengys malabarensis (Walckenaer, 1841) Sub ♂

Genus: Trichonephila Dahl, 1911

Nephila inaurata was transferred to Trichonephila inaurata in Dec 2018 by Kuntner et al.

Golden orb web spider (Trichonephila antipodiana) - DSC_1829

Singapore: Trichonephila antipodiana (Walckenaer, 1841) ♀

Golden orb web spider (Trichonephila antipodiana) - DSC_1818

Singapore: Trichonephila antipodiana (Walckenaer, 1841) Juv ♀

Golden orb web spider (Trichonephila clavipes) - DSC_0822

Peru: Trichonephila clavipes (Linnaeus, 1767) ♀

Golden orb weaver spider (Trichonephila sp.) - DSC_2847

Peru: Trichonephila clavipes (Linnaeus, 1767) ♀

Golden orb weaver (Trichonephila sp.) - DSC_2539

Peru: Trichonephila cf. clavipes (Linnaeus, 1767) ♀

Golden orb weaver (Trichonephila fenestrata) - DSC_4090

Mozambique: Trichonephila fenestrata (Thorell, 1859) ♀

Golden orb weaver (Trichonephila inaurata madagascariensis) - DSC_8537

Madagascar: Trichonephila inaurata madagascariensis (Vinson, 1863) ♀

Golden orb weaver (Trichonephila  inaurata madagascariensis) - DSC_8509

Madagascar: Trichonephila inaurata madagascariensis (Vinson, 1863) Sub ♀

Golden orb weaver (Trichonephila senegalensis) - DSC_3665

Mozambique: Trichonephila senegalensis (Walckenaer, 1841) ♀

Behaviour

Golden orb weaver (Nephila sp.) - DSC_3883

Singapore: Nephila pilipes moulting

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