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Herennia oz

Fact Box
Species:
Herennia oz (QM)
Family:
Araneidae, formerly Nephilidae
Body length:
female: 12 mm
male: 4 mm
Habitat:
In an orb web (see below)
Toxicity:
Unknown but probably harmless
Herennia oz

The spider displayed on this page is presumed to be Herennia oz, since this is the only Herennia species listed for Australia by the World Spider Catalog. Herennia is an Asian genus and in Australia seems to be restricted to the tropics, especially the Northern Territory. It is included on this website because the southern border of its range into Queensland is uncertain.

It is said that the rarely seen male of matching the female in the above photo has a very different external appearance, lacking the elaborate abdominal shape and surface markings the female has.

Herennia builds an orb web that is described as a ladder-web with a solid silk hub-cap.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 24 April 2017.