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Species Araneus bicentenarius - Giant Lichen Orbweaver

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Araneidae (Orb Weavers)
Genus Araneus
Species bicentenarius (Giant Lichen Orbweaver)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Araneus bicentenarius (McCook)
Orig. Comb: Epeira bicentennarius McCook, 1888
Explanation of Names
Type specimen collected by McCook during Philadelphia's bicentennial in 1882 (1). (City founded by William Penn in 1682.)
Numbers
More than 50 spp. n. of Mex.
Size
13-28 mm (female), 7 mm (male) (1)
Identification
Females:
- female dorsal
- female ventral


Males: coloration as in female, but with a longitudinal white mark anterior on dorsum; second tibia unusually large. (2)
Range
TX-FL-NS-MN; one male reported from New Mexico. (Levi, 1971).
Habitat
Woodlands, on trees, among lichens. (2)
Season
Apr-Sept (BG data)
Print References
Howell and Jenkins (2004), pp. 139-140 (1)
Levi, H.W. 1971. The diadematus group of the orb-weaver genus Araneus north of Mexico (Araneae: Araneidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 141(4):131-179 (Biodiversity Heritage Library).
Works Cited
1.Spiders of the Eastern US, A Photographic Guide
W. Mike Howell and Ronald L. Jenkins. 2004. pearson education.
2.The diadematus group of the orb-weaver genus Araneus north of Mexico
H. W. Levi. 1971. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 141(4): 131-179.