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G@tto: On SALE in South Sardinia

October 28, 2009

Female Nephila komaci, the hugest webweaving spider.

The Nephila komaci can be found in Madagascar and South Africa.
They can be up to three feet (one meter) wide and are a member
the orbweaving spiders' group.

"In the PLoS ONE paper, Kuntner and Coddington described Nephila komaci
as a new species, now the largest web-spinning species known, and placed
it on the evolutionary tree of
Nephila". (EurekAlert)

(Photos M. Kuntner)
1) a giant golden orb-web exceeding 1 meter in diameter:
Nephila inaurata,
Rodrigues, Indian Ocean.

2) extreme sexual size dimorphism in Nephila spiders: Small male and large
Nephila pilipes, Singapore.

Jumping now to another site, EarthTouch, for a beautiful video, taken early
in the morning, when the sun rays make the web's threads shine like gold,
which explains the spider's name.

Golden orb-web spider - Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana.
* Previous post on Golden orb spider.


GMG said...

Hi G@tto! The amazing things I learn when I come here!!

Meanwhile Blogtrotter is showing you an old castle village in Lycia. Enjoy and have a great week!

geckodelta said...

I might just add that the web they spin is over a meter the spider itself has a leg span of 12 cm .....x

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