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Nephila vitiana

Nephila vitiana

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folicallychalled 9 years ago

Excellent images, particularly as you captured top and bottom views.

There are two very similar species of nephila; vitiana and antipodiana. Both species are known for color polymorphism and exist in several forms. I found two documents that discuss this, one for each species.

The color morphs look the same for both species and I suspect that both species could be the same, but that is just my opinion. Here are the documents:



In the first document; page two, paragraph two, is a discussion of the differences between the two species. Based on this and what I have in my image folders, I believe that this spotting is nephila antipodiana. Vitiana has yellow knee joints and a red carapace on the underside.

Have a look at the documents and see what you think :)


LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Very beautiful Nephila...

PongWira 9 years ago

Wow, elegant Nephila.

folicallychalled 9 years ago

I think ChunXingWong is right.


ChunXingWong 9 years ago

This could be a Nephila vitiana but I am not sure.

Aaron_G 9 years ago

Wonderful spotting, sianakdesa. I agree with kyrontf about it possibly being a Nephila species, and I have moved the spotting to Arthropods. :-)

harsuame 9 years ago

Bello color:: agradable a la vista::genial

kyrontf 9 years ago

Gorgeous photos! Looks like something in the genus Nephila.

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Aceh, Indonesia

Spotted on Dec 29, 2012
Submitted on Jan 4, 2013

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