Nephila senegalensis

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Banded-legged golden orb-web spider
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Nephila
Species: N. senegalensis
Binomial name
Nephila senegalensis
(Walckenaer, 1842)[1]

The spider species Nephila senegalensis is commonly known as the banded-legged golden orb-web spider. The name comes from the fact that the joints of the spider are typically coloured a golden yellow. It is common throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal and Yemen to South Africa. Males are much smaller than females. These spiders are diurnal and weave impressive webs.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Nephila senegalensis annulata (Thorell, 1859)
  • Nephila senegalensis bragantina Brito Capello, 1867
  • Nephila senegalensis hildebrandti Dahl, 1912
  • Nephila senegalensis huebneri Dahl, 1912
  • Nephila senegalensis keyserlingi (Blackwall, 1865)
  • Nephila senegalensis nyikae Pocock, 1898
  • Nephila senegalensis schweinfurthi Simon, 1890

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taxon details Nephila senegalensis (Walckenaer, 1841)", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2017-05-15