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Genus Trichonephila - Golden Orb-weavers

Golden Silk Orbweaver in FL - Trichonephila clavipes Nephila clavipes - Golden Silk Orbweaver - Trichonephila clavipes Golden Silk Orbweaver - Trichonephila clavipes - female golden orb weaver - Trichonephila clavipes Found spider in back yard. - Trichonephila clavipes Golden Silk Orbweaver - Trichonephila clavipes Spider in the Crinum Lilies - Trichonephila clavipes Long-Jawed Orbweaver? - Trichonephila clavipes - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Araneidae (Orb Weavers)
Genus Trichonephila (Golden Orb-weavers)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Species in our range moved to new genus Trichonephila from Nephila via "Kuntner et al., 2019".(1)
Explanation of Names
Dahl, 1911
Numbers
Two species in our range:
T. clavipes (Golden Silk Orbweaver)
T. clavata (Joro Spider)
Range
N. clavipes - Predominantly southeastern US. Florida, Gulf States, north to North Carolina, south to Central and South America as far as Argentina.
N. clavata - northeast GA(2)
Works Cited
1.Golden orbweavers ignore biological rules: phylogenomic and comparative analyses unravel a complex evolution of sexual size dimo
Kuntner, M., Hamilton, C. A., Cheng, R.-C., Gregorič, M., Lupse, N., Lokovsek, T., Lemmon, E. M., Lemmon, A. R., Agnarsson, I.,. 2019. Systematic Biology 68(4): 555-572.
2.Nephila clavata L Koch, the Joro Spider of East Asia, newly recorded from North America (Araneae: Nephilidae)
E. Richard Hoebeke​, Wesley Huffmaster, Byron J. Freeman. 2015. PeerJ.