Nephila clavipes (Golden silk orbweaver spider) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-48454 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

published: 25 Mar 2009 last updated: 20 Jun 2012
Organism information
Nephila clavipes
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Arachnida
Order Araneae
Family Tetragnathidae
Genus Nephila
Species clavipes
  • Golden silk orbweaver spider
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Arachnids
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Characteristics related to biosafety
The golden silk orbweaver spider Nephila clavipes is commonly found in the southern US states (e.g. Florida) and in Central America.
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The spider silk protein produced by Nephila clavipes is not known to have any toxic effect on humans.
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  • Other (Industrial application)
Additional Information
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. 
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