Previously in their own family, the Golden Orb Weaver and allies have moved to become a subfamily of Araneidae. These include the well known Golden Orb Weavers Nephila sp., Herennia and Nephilengys.

Nephila edulis

Nephila edulis (Labillardière, 1799) Australian Golden Orb Weaver
A large spider found throughout coastal and inland Australia, especially Western Australia. Females are large, males much smaller. Overall greyish with silvery cephalothorax and black brushes on the... 


Nephila plumipes (Latreille, 1804) Humped Golden Orb-weaving Spider
This spider, whose name refers to the golden color of its strong silk, not the color of the spider itself, is common and widespread in Eastern Australia. It is one of Australia's most noticed and photographed spiders because of its large size and its habit of staying in its web during the daytime. 

Nephila pilipes

Nephila pilipes (Fabricius, 1793) Northern or Giant Golden Orb Weaver
A colourful Nephila species, with legs relatively longer and more slender than those of other species, primarily a tropical spider across all of northern Australia but occasionally found as far south as South East Queensland and Northern NSW. There are patches of bright yellow on the... 

Herennia oz

Herennia oz Kuntner, 2005 Australian Coin Spider
Australia has one official species of Herennia, several other species found across regions immediately north including tropical and... 


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