Native Animals

Nephilengys malabarensis

Malabar Hermit Spider
LC
Least Concern
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
ver 3.1, 2017
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SSN 54057
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Taxonomy

The taxonomic status is pending for approval

Description

This spider species Nephilengys malabarensis or more commonly known as Asian Hermit Spider or Malabar Hermit Spider belongs to the genus Nephilengys, in the family Araneidae. The underside of the cephalothorax and abdomen of the female is strikingly orange coloured. This spider exhibits sexual dimorphism which is the male being much smaller than the female. Females reach a body length of about 15 mm. The legs and palp are annulated yellow and black. Male body size is less than 5 mm with mostly grey-black legs. This spider’s web is suspended near the surface of tree trunks or old walls. Incorporated into the web is a tubular retreat into which the spider will escape when disturbed. Adult males do not build their own webs, but live with females. Nephilengys malabarensis are preyed upon by the spider-eating jumping spider Portia. This species is widespread in India to China, Philippines, Indonesia and Japan. 

Assessment

Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2017 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
3.1

Location

by State Location
  • Perak 1
  • Sabah 2
  • Sarawak 2
Based on publications, specimens, and images

Specimen

Collection Center   Total
1

Biodiversity Experts

Profile
Norma Binti Che Yusoff (Prof. Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
  • Spiders (Ecology)
  • Protected Areas
  • Marine & Coastal
  • Digital Sequence Information (DSI)
  • Climate Change
  • PM
  • W
Rosli Hashim (Prof. Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
  • Birds (Ecology)
  • Mammals (Ecology)
  • Spiders
  • Insects
  • Biodiversity
  • Protected Areas
  • PM
  • W
Tan Li Peng (Dr.)
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
  • Arachnids
  • Insects
  • Agriculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Forest
  • PM
PM - Peninsular Malaysia; SBH - Sabah; SWK - Sarawak; SEA - Southeast Asia; W - World;

References

Article
  1. Koh, J.K.H., Norma-Rashid, Y. & Koh, J.W.B. (2013). A preliminary checklist of Sarawak spiders. Sarawak Museum Journal 71 (92): pp. 203-254
  2. Norma-Rashid, Y. & Li, D. (2009). A checklist of spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) from Peninsular Malaysia inclusive of twenty new records. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 57 (2): pp. 305-322
  3. Dzulhelmi, M.N., Wong, C.X., Goh, T.G., Juhaida, H. & Faszly, R. (2014). Spider fauna (Arachnida, Araneae) from Sabah, Malaysia. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 2 (5): pp. 335-344

Acknowledgements :- Mr. Afham Ezani, Ms. Aida Salihah Binti Abu Bakar, Ms. Ilmie Syafiqah Binti Mohd Termizi, Ms. Norazah Binti Norddin, Ms. Nurul Fatinizzati Binti Abd Halim & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

Species Citation :- Nephilengys malabarensis. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via https://www.mybis.gov.my/sp/54057. [Retrieved 23 May 2022].

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