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Subject: spider in Equatorial Guinea
Location: Equatorial Guinea
June 2, 2014 7:39 am
Found spinning huge webs on a fence in the rainforest in May was wondering if it was a golden web orb spider maybe?
Thanks
Signature: susan

Orbweaver eats Dragonfly

Orbweaver eats Dragonfly

Dear Susan,
We tried to identify this Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, and we did not have any luck.  So it is an Orbweaver, but we cannot provide a species name at this time.

Orbweaver

Orbweaver

Thank you, it is a beauty but glad it was outside and not in my cabin!

Karl provides an identification
Hi Daniel and Susan:
This is a Golden Orbweaver or Golden Silk Orbweaver in the genus Nephila (family Nephilidae, probably N. turneri, which occurs throughout west and central Africa. Regards.  Karl

 

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Location: Guinea

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