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01 April 2007



What's not to love about Nephila? I remember driving across the Burdekin Bridge (in North Queensland) and seeing what seemed to be one Nephila every two or three metres. The steel girders made perfect scaffolding for their webs.

The common Argyrodes kleptoparasite in Australia is an exquisite, silvery spider that looks like a drop of mercury trapped on the threads.


think the silvery spider should be this species: http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/spiders/text/Argyrodes_argentatus.htm

also updated the post with a possible new record by Joseph Koh (N. kuhlii) and N. pilipes' totemic status in Palau.



Looking through my film collection I have found a few taken between 1999 and 2001 which were identified as N.kuhlii - I thought they have always been around?

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