Subfamily Nephilinae Simon 1894 (orb-weaving spider)

Arachnida - Araneae - Araneidae

Alternative spellings: Nephilidae, Nephilidae

Parent taxon: Araneidae according to W. C. Wheeler et al. 2017

See also Dunlop et al. 2013, Petrunkevitch 1922 and Selden et al. 2011

Sister taxa: Anepeira, Aranea, Araneinae, Araneometa, Araneus, Argiope, Bararaneus, Chrysometata, Cyclososoma, Enacrosoma, Eoaraneus, Eochorizopes, Eozygiella, Eustaloides, Fossilaraneus, Gea, Hypognatha, Meditrina, Mesozygiella, Miraraneus, Mirometa, Molinaranea, Pulchellaranea, Pycnosinga, Testudinaroides, Tethneus, Zilla, Tetragnathinae

Subtaxa: Cretaraneus Eonephila Geratonephila Luxurionephila Minutunguis Nephila Palaeonephila

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Type: Nephila

Ecology: nektobenthic carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Madagascar (1 collection)

• Miocene of the Dominican Republic (2)

• Eocene of Germany (2), Poland (1), the Russian Federation (5), United States (1: Colorado)

• Cretaceous of Brazil (1), China (1), Myanmar (1), Spain (1)

Total: 16 collections including 30 occurrences

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