2009-10-22

World's Largest Web-Spinning Spider

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'Giant' orb web spider discovered

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Largest Web-Spinning Spider Found

Meet the newest odd couple of the animal kingdom: the giant female and tiny male of the largest web-spinning spider known to science: Nephila komaci.


The female of the species has a leg span of up to 5 inches (12 centimeters), while the male—which spends much of its time clambering on its partner's back—barely reaches an inch (2.5 centimeters), a new study says.

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Nephila komaci

Nephila komaci is a member of the golden orb-web spider group and is the largest web-spinning spider known.[1] Few specimens have been found in South Africa and Madagascar. N. komaci females are the largest Nephila yet discovered. Its tip-to-tip leg span is about 12 centimetres, and spins a web that is equally impressive in size, measuring more than a metre in diameter. (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091020/science/science_giant_spider)

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Discovery of the Largest Orbweaving Spider Species: The Evolution of Gigantism in Nephila

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  1. Madagaskar-Spinne webt metergro├če Netze - Heute.at - Kurioses
  2. YouTube - 'Giant' orb web spider discovered
  3. Largest Web-Spinning Spider Found
  4. Photo: Largest Web-Spinning Spider Found
  5. Nephila komaci - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  6. PLoS ONE: Discovery of the Largest Orbweaving Spider Species: The Evolution of Gigantism in Nephila
  7. PLoS ONE : accelerating the publication of peer-reviewed science
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  2. Arachnophobics beware: Researchers identify giant new spider species - Yahoo! Canada News
  3. Scientists Discover Largest Orb-weaving Spider
  4. Scientists discover largest orb-weaving spider
  5. Largest web-spinning spider on record found in South Africa - Times Online
  6. Nephilidae.com, a web resource for nephilid spiders, by Matjaz Kuntner