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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Malabar Spider
Nephilengys malabarensis (Walckenaer) 1841
close-up of female in her web
The underside of the cephalothorax and abdomen of the female is strikingly coloured in orange.
Classification: Family Araneidae, Orb-Web Spiders.
Habitat: Walls of neglected sheds in rural areas. Trees along rural paths, and in secondary forests and mangrove swamps.
Female: 20 mm.
Male: 4 mm.
Distribution: Singapore (new record), Indonesia, Thailand , Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, India, Australia.
The web is suspended near the surface of tree trunks or old walls. Incorporated into the web is a tubular retreat into which the spider will escape when disturbed.
  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