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Family Nephilidae

Next Suitor?  Or Dinner.... - Trichonephila clavipes - male Golden Silk Spider - Nephila clavipes? - Trichonephila clavipes Nephila clavipes - Trichonephila clavipes - female Beautiful Spider - Trichonephila clavipes Golden Silk Orbweaver - Nephila clavipes With Fly - Trichonephila clavipes - female Golden Silk Orbweaver - Trichonephila clavipes Golden Silk Orbweaver - Trichonephila clavipes - female Spider - Trichonephila clavata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Nephilidae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elevated to family level and relimited by Kuntner, 2006: 24, both actions regarded as dubious by Dimitrov & Hormiga, 2009: 21 (see also Álvarez-Padilla et al., 2009), re-synonymized with Araneidae by Dimitrov et al., 2017: 244 (already assumed by Murphy & Roberts, 2015: ix); elevated to family again by Kuntner et al., 2019: 563, not accepted by Scharff et al., 2020 and Kallal et al., 2020, but confirmed by Kuntner et al., 2023. (1)(2)
Explanation of Names
Internet References
World Spider Catalog (2023). World Spider Catalog. Version 24.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at, accessed on August 17, 2023. doi: 10.24436/2
Works Cited
1.World Spider Catalog
2.Increasing information content and diagnosability in family-level classifications.
Kuntner, M., Čandek, K., Gregorič, M., Turk, E., Hamilton, C. A., Chamberland, L., Starrett, J., Cheng, R. C., Coddington, J. . 2023. Systematic Biology.