Detachable Penis Spider (Nephilengys papuana)

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Detachable Penis Spider. Ahem....yes, you read it right. A spider with a special story!

The unusual name for this spider originates from the quirky behaviour of the tiny male spiders. During mating the males break off a pedipalp (one of their specialised 'feeler' appendages used for mating) and leave it locked into the female. This prevents other male spiders mating with that particular female. Despite the name originating from the male, it is the females that are best to keep as they are much longer lived and build unusual orb-webs that connect with funnel-like retreats. 

Adult female body length 28mm, leg span ~ 40mm,

Adult male body length 6mm, leg span ~10mm

Females sold as juveniles with leg span 15-20mm. Males sold as adults -  available intermittently.

  • Suitable for moderately experienced keepers
  • Requires mesh enclosure with space for web.
  • Mildly venomous.
  • Feeds on live insects
  • Captive bred by Minibeast Wildlife
  • All Minibeast Wildlife animals are covered by our seven day Minibeast Guarantee and have a free downloadable Care Guide.
  • Guaranteed to be mite and parasite free.
You will need:
  • A mesh enclosure 
  • Access to live insect food
  • A misting bottle