The distinctive Trichonephila plumipes, with the yellow bands on the legs, that gives it the common name of Tiger Spider, is part of a group of spiders commonly called Golden Orb-Weaving Spiders.

Formerly classified as Nephila plumipes, this species is found in Australia (mainly along the east coast and Top End. They are also found in Indonesia, and Pacific Islands that include New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Ireland and New Caledonia.

The Trichonephila plumipes pictured here was in the Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, located in the Northern Beaches region of New South Wales.

Tiger Spider (Trichonephila plumipes), Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Tiger Spider (Trichonephila plumipes), Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Tiger Spider (Trichonephila plumipes), Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Tiger Spider (Trichonephila plumipes), Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Tiger Spider (Trichonephila plumipes), Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Tiger Spider (Trichonephila plumipes), Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW

  • 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 plumipes

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks to Tissa Ratnayeke for ID, member of Entomology Australia “Invertebratology”, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/507004496955277/
  2. Tiger Spider (Trichonephila plumipes), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/904341-Trichonephila-plumipes
  3. Golden Orb-Weaving Spiders, Trichonephila and Nephila (family Araneidae), https://collections.qm.qld.gov.au/topics/283/golden-orb-weaving-spiders
  4. Trichonephila plumipes, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichonephila_plumipes, 25 January 2023

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