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NEPHILA RUFAPODA ROSS 2OO3


Nephila Rufapoda Ross 2OO3
Nephila Rufapoda


Nephila rufapoda Ross 2003 is about the biggest spider in Australia : with RED LEGS bigger than male handspan, totally new to science and a sensation, now in captivity, has bred and awaiting 2000 babies... I've just finished 494 night walks on a 3 year research project and what an incredible experience...

Nephila Rufapoda...locality Kuranda rainforest, 17 degrees south of equator, leg span 200mm, leg thickness letter 'o', large orb web high in canopy, (which is why not seen before). Eats small birds and cicadas, males 5mm rusty brown, related to other Nephila orb weavers but larger. At last count there were 28,700 spiders known from Australia BUT only 7,000 have been described. It costs up to $1,500 to describe a species and can take 3-4 years to get published.

By ROSCO
Dr R J Ross



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