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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Batik Golden Web Spider
Nephila antipodiana (Walckenaer) 1841
close-up of abomen showing batik pattern
The female has completely black palps and legs, without any red or yellow joints. On the underside (not shown in photo), there is a strong conical tubercle near the mouth. The sternum is decorated with seven yellow spots on the edge. Spins a web with a yellowish tinge. Classification: Family Araneidae,
Orb-Web Spiders.
Habitat: Gardens and waste-lands, edges of mangrove swamps. Less common in primary forests.
Female: 30 mm.
Male: 9 mm.
Distribution: Singapore (new record), Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines.

For more about tiny spiders that live in their webs:
Silver Comb-Footed Spiders
(Argyrodes argentatus)
Spit-Faced Silver Spider (Argyrodes fissifrons)
  From "A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by British Petroleum
© 2000 Joseph K H Koh