Nephilengys malabarensis

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Nephilengys malabarensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Nephilengys
Species: N. malabarensis
Binomial name
Nephilengys malabarensis
(Walckenaer, 1842)[1]
  • Epeira malabarensis Walckenaer, 1841
  • Epeira anama Walckenaer, 1841
  • Epeira malabarica Doleschall, 1857
  • Epeira rhodosternon Doleschall, 1859
  • Nephila rivulata O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1871
  • Nephilengys schmeltzii L. Koch, 1872
  • Nephilengys hofmanni L. Koch, 1872
  • Nephila urna Hasselt, 1882
  • Nephila malabarensis (Walckenaer, 1841)
  • Metepeira andamanensis Tikader, 1977
  • Nephilengys niahensis Deeleman-Reinhold, 1989

Nephilengys malabarensis is a araneid spider.[1]

Females reach a body length of about 15 millimetres (0.59 in). The legs and palp are annulated yellow and black. Male body size less than 5 millimetres (0.20 in), with mostly grey-black legs.[2]

N. malabarensis is being preyed upon by the spider-eating jumping spider Portia.[2]


The species name malabarensis refers to the Malabar coast of southern India, where it was first found.


N. malabarensis occurs in South, South-East and East Asia from India and Sri Lanka to the Philippines, north to Yunnan, China, north-east to Saga and Kompira, Japan and east to Ambon Island of Indonesia. It is common at human dwellings and less common in rainforest. The Niah population inhabits cave entrances.[2]


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