Spiders at the PondsGolden Orb-weaver Juvenile

This beautiful looking juvenile female Australian Golden Orb-weaver seen at the Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, if all goes to plan will grow into a sizeable spider.

They do have a variable body and when young, the female body shape is different to the fully mature adult female. When young they can sometimes be mistaken for other spider species. The male of course is completely different in size (being very small in comparison), but there are the Golden Orb-weaver “dimorphic males” that can be as large as the female.

Juvenile female Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds NT © Dorothy Latimer
Juvenile female Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) © Dorothy Latimer
Juvenile female Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds NT © Dorothy Latimer
Juvenile female Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) © Dorothy Latimer
Juvenile female Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds NT © Dorothy Latimer
Juvenile female Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) © Dorothy Latimer
Juvenile female Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds NT © Dorothy Latimer
Juvenile female Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) © Dorothy Latimer

We have more photos of the Alice Springs Golden Orb-weaver.

Also, checkout our section on Spiders. Including some in-depth information on the Australian Golden Orb-weaver Spider, Juvenile to Mature Female Golden Orb Weaver and the Dimorphic Males.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Infraorder: Entelegynae
  • Superfamily: Araneoidea
  • Family: Araneidae
  • Subfamily: Nephilinae
  • Genus: Trichonephila
  • Species: Trichonephila edulis

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Johan Kruger and members of the Australian spider identification page, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/australianspidereducation/

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