Bird eating spider?
"Lynne Kelly" <>
Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:11:15 +1100 (EST)
Ahh - I should have checked that!
> I Googled Nephila maculata and N. pilipes and it turns out that pilipes
> has replaced maculata as the specific name for the species.
The official arachnology world agrees with you:
pilipes has replaced lots of species! Even the arachnologists can only
keep up to date in their families of specialty.
Nephila were all reclassified in 2006 to a new family, Nephilidae and lots
of revisions made. This is what I meant about the state of flux of spider
taxonomy and why amateurs like me are reluctant to go to species without
an expert on hand. Sometimes I am reluctant to go beyond "Yeah, it's a
Stunning spider by any name!
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