Australian Golden Orb-web Spider
Female, dorsal, rotated
Australian Golden Orb-web Spider
Female, ventral, rotated
Australian Golden Orb-web Spider (Nephila edulis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Australian Golden Orb-web Spider (Nephila edulis)
This Photo:     Female, ventral, rotated
Synonym: Trichonephila edulis

Thank you Natasha Taylor for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills, the Riverland and elsewhere
This is the usually large, grey spider found hanging from road signs on country roads. One of the most photographed spiders in Australia. The male is red and much smaller. It is only when you see them together that his colours make any sense; ie they match her ventral colours.

Copyright © 2010-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 12-Mar-2010
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.