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Orb weaver - Araneus gemma

Orb weaver - Araneus gemma
La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA
September 1, 2008
Size: body was almost 1"
Found this spider while walking to school. Am I right in identifying this as a female Araneus gemma? It seems to match the others of that species in the guide, even though the back markings seem a little different than the spider I posted the other day--which was also suggested to be A. gemma:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/220044

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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