Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Jorō Spider (Nephila clavata)

Adult Jorō Spider (Nephila clavataat Kamakura, Japan - November 2014

OTHER NAMES: Golden Orb-web Spider
Local Name (Japan): Jorō-gumo (ジョロウグモ) - "Geisha Spider"
Weight: ?
Length: 5cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

The Jorō Spider is a massive spider-species - larger than any species in the UK, that is common throughout much of Japan (though absent from Hokkaido) and other parts of East Asia.  Their webs can be over a meter across.  It is also strongly venomous - not to the point of being fatal to humans under normal circumstances, but certainly not pleasant either.  The bright colours were a good enough warning for me to only observe them from a distance though!  Despite that, it is actually quite a popular species in Japan, and has even entered folklore.

Related Species:
Order: Araneae
Family: Nephilidae
Genus: Nephila
SUBSPECIES: unknown

 - Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Widespread and Fairly Common Resident
 - TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: Several seen at Kamakura and Tokyo

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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