Native Animals

Nephilengys malabarensis

Asian Hermit Spider
LC
Least Concern
IUCN Red List
ver 3.1, 2017
QR Code
SSN 54057
Scan QR code for mobile experience
Download QR:

Taxonomy

The taxanomic status is pending for approval

Gallery  

Adult
Adult (Female)

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

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
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

Citation :- Nephilengys malabarensis. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). https://www.mybis.gov.my/sp/54057. Downloaded on 02 April 2020.

Feedback :- If you see any errors or have any questions or suggestions on what is shown on this page, please provide us with feedback.

Back to top
Today, there are less than 200 Malayan tigers left in our country.
#SaveOurMalayanTiger. Visit www.harimau.my
Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS)
Copyright © 2020, Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS). All rights reserved. DISCLAIMER - The Malaysian Government, and Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS) shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused by the usage of any information obtained from this website. By entering this site, you acknowledge and agree that no portion of this site, including but not limited to names, logos, trademarks, patents, sound, graphics, charts, text, audio, video, information or images are either MyBIS property or the property permitted by third-party and shall not be used without prior written approval from the owner(s).
Best viewed using latest Mozila Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 10 with Resolution 1024 x 768px or above. Version 2.0 / 2016