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Alice Springs SpidersAustralian Golden Orb Weaver Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster) Banded Garden Spider Desert Huntsman Spider Elegant Water Spider (Dolomedes facetus) Hackled Orb-weavers Long-jawed Orb Weavers Long-tailed St. Andrew’s Cross Spider Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) Miturgidae (Elassoctenus spp) Red-headed Mouse Spider Wall Spider (Oecobius sp)

The Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) has a wide range, and can often be found in home gardens and around town, their webs hanging between man-made structures and trees. It is also known by the shortened form of Golden Orb or Golden Orb Weaver.

Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs NT
Female Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs NT

It can be a large spider if it does not become prey to birds in particular.

Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs NT
Female Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs NT

With a variable body size, it is the female of the species whose body can reach up to 40 mm length, whilst the male of the species can grow to about just 7 mm in length. In the following series of photos, the tiny spider was observed trying to approach the female, but always keeping a safe distance.

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Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs NT
Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Infraorder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Araneidae
  • Genus: Trichonephila
  • Species: Trichonephila edulis

Alice Springs SpidersAustralian Golden Orb Weaver Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster) Banded Garden Spider Desert Huntsman Spider Elegant Water Spider (Dolomedes facetus) Hackled Orb-weavers Long-jawed Orb Weavers Long-tailed St. Andrew’s Cross Spider Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) Miturgidae (Elassoctenus spp) Red-headed Mouse Spider Wall Spider (Oecobius sp)

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