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Sulawesi Spiders

Sulawesi Spiders
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-03
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko ex-25 tube extension
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-13 9:21
Viewed: 5936
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These series of postings are intended to increase the knowledge on Sulawesi's biodiversity. Large parts of Sulawesi are only poorly explored also with respect to butterflies, such as the south-eastern Peninsula, Sulawesi-Tenggara.

Roaming through the rain forest on this very rainy day I had much time to look close at many small animals, insects and spiders.

The picture shows the large female of the spider
- Nephila pilipes = Nephila maculata
- family: Tetragnathidae

Species information
The species is among the largest spiders of the world except for bird spiders (Theraphosidae). Body lenght is about 4 cm and the length of the legs 7 to 8 cm.
Webs are also very large with diameters up to 1 meter.

Undisturbed rain forest close to Moramo, south of Kendari in South East Sulawesi, Indonesia.

- natural limited light, rainy day in the forest
- exposure 1/40sec only, f3.5 only, ISO 400
- no wind
- handheld

Sharpness could be better and depth of field a bit broader.

* Murphy F and Murphy J (2000) An introduction to the spiders of South East Asia. - Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-13 10:01]

Wonderful and unusual spider!
Great details and colors.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-13 10:29]

Hi Peter,
What a great view of this golden orb web spider.
How come it has two scientific names?
Are the ones in Asia the same as the ones in Central America?
It must be so exciting to be in Sulawesi. The biodiversity there is supposed to be amazing. I hope I can get there one day.
Very fine details against a nicely blurred BG.
Great POV of the spider.
TFS. : )

Hi Peter,
I was extrange your Zulawesi series. This picture is of a spider quite interesting and a very similar one of the species I've seen on this side of South America. In terms of technique, I think is good achieved in terms of light, sharpness and composition. Perhaps a more focused web, had added some character to the photo.

hello Peter
super pose of this very sharpness spider
great details and beautiful colours
great shot Peter
greeting lou

Hi Peter
An awesome looking Nephila species! Good out of focus background to let the subject stand out. Clear details and natural colours.
Kind Regards

Hi Peter,
Excellent macro of this different insect.
Good upwards POV, lighting and details got.
The drops on the web's nods created a very interesting pattern in the down side of the frame.
Great pic and thanks for share it,

A very informative note and picture, Peter.. It helps people like me learn new things.
Your shot shows good enough sharpness in my opinion, and the colours of the spider stand out well against the blurred, green background.

TFS and Regards,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-14 6:00]

Lieber Peter,
Diese Sulawesi-Spinnen sind wirklich sehr eindrücklich und wenn ich lese, wie gross sie sind, da schauderts mir doch ein wenig.
Eindrückliche diagonale Komposition, beste Bildschärfe wie immer.
Nagaraj hat Dir sein letztes sehr schöne Bild gewidmet, Du hast es scheinbar nicht gesehen.
Herzlich grüsst

Enhorabuena por este excelente trabajo Peter. Una manera especial de presentarnos al insecto que gana en interés, al ya del que de por sí tiene.

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