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published: 25 Mar 2009 last updated: 20 Jun 2012
Golden silk orbweaver spiderEN
The golden silk orbweaver spider Nephila clavipes is commonly found in the southern US states (e.g. Florida) and in Central America.EN
The spider silk protein produced by Nephila clavipes is not known to have any toxic effect on humans.EN
- Other (Industrial application)
The female Nephila clavipes has a number of different spinning glands for producing a range of fibres with different properties. The most stable fibre is the dragline, which displays high tensile strength and is therefore of interest for use as a biomaterial.EN