Golden silk orb spider

(Nephila spp.)


Golden silk orb spider IUCN NOT EVALUATED (NE)


Facts about this animal

Golden silk orb spider are long-legged spiders of tropical regions. The abdomen is elongated and often decorated with blacks, yellows and whites. Body length is about 2 to 6 cm (females). Males are considearbly smaller, about 1/5 the size of the female. It got its name from the golden colour of its silk. The web of the Golden silk orb spider can be more than 1.5 meter across and is very strong.

Did you know?
that their web of yellow silk is one of the strongest amongst the spiders and even the remains of birds have been recorded in their webs?


Name (Scientific) Nephila spp.
Name (English) Golden silk orb spider
Name (French) Néphile
Name (German) Seidenspinnen
Name (Spanish) Araña de seda dorada
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Anas Takiyudin Mohd Anuar



Range Pantropical: From Southern USA to Argentina, Africa, South-western Asia, Australia, New Zealand and several islands in the Indian and South Pacific Ocean.
Habitat Webs are made in open woods or edges of dense forest, coastal sand dune shrubland and mangrove habitats, usually attached to trees and low shrubs.
Wild population Unknown
Zoo population 1758 reported to ISIS (2007, mainly Nephila madagascariensis)

In the Zoo

Golden silk orb spider


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 62 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Bernard Gagnon