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Here on the left is Nephila clavipes, the Golden Silk Orb Weaver (often ALSO debatably called the Banana Spider), found in the extreme southeastern United States & whose venom sometimes is mistakenly labeled & misidentified as the highly venomous Brazilian Wandering Spider's of the Phoneutria genus (right), which ITSELF often carries the same common name of "Banana Spider" due to on very rare occasions being found in shipments of bananas; however, the Golden Silk Orb Weaver, despite being mislabeled as THE banana spider is incredibly harmless, unwilling to bite & often doesn't shy away from being handled. Their venom is actually being researched for its THERAPEUTIC properties instead. People in the spider business often prefer to use the binomial nomenclature of the scientific community due to how one common name is often attributed to MANY different spiders; while usually a harmless mistake perpetrated by people that simply don't know any better for whatever reason, the use of common names can often be dangerous when misused attached to spiders that either ARE medically significant when the common name is actually that of a harmless spider (casuing people NOT to seek medical treatment when it's actually necessary), or also dangerous when labeling a HARMLESS spider as dangerous, causing unnecessary killings of harmless animals.
While I don't necessarily agree that the common names need to be debated, I do take issue with animals being killed due to lack of proper education on the matter, & I also want people to be aware of the potential dangers of labeling a spider as a harmless species when in fact it could land you in the hospital if bitten, as in the case of, say, the #BrownRecluse.
SUMMARY: Pictured left---Nephila clavipes, the Golden Silk Orb Weaver (not the TRUE Banana Spider but often labeled as such by the locals in the Southeastern US); Pictured right: Brazilian Wandering Spider of the Phoneutria genus, commonly referred to as THE Banana Spider, native to Brazil & thus not a threat to people in the states.
credit to @i.dream.of.spiders for making this infographic