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Genus Aculepeira

Orb weaver - Aculepeira carbonarioides Orange spider - Aculepeira packardi - female Aculepeira male - Aculepeira packardi - male Spider at Kenosa pass - Aculepeira packardi Orb Weaver - Aculepeira packardi Araneidae Orb Weaver, possible Aculepeira packardi - Aculepeira packardi Large orb spider on Cane cholla - Aculepeira Large orb spider on Cane cholla - Aculepeira
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 Aculepeira
Numbers
3 Species in the US & Canada.
Identification
Females:

A. aculifera -

A. carbonarioides -


A. packardi -


undescribed prairie species #1 -
Range
A. aculifera - USA to Guatemala - CO, NM
A. carbonarioides - USA, Canada, Alaska - AB, AK, BC, CO, NH, NT, PQ, UT, WY, YT
A. packardi - North America - AB, AZ, BC, CA, CO, ID, MB, MT, NF, NM, NT, NV, OR, PA, UT, WA, WY, YT
undescribed prairie species #1 & #2 - Species #1 is found in pretty much all of the western WA lowlands, and presumably beyond but I haven't collected in OR or BC. Only in grasslands (but it turns up in some pretty disturbed grasslands). Going up into the mountains you get true A. packardii (and, in the very high North Cascades, carbonarioides); species #2 is in the Columbia Basin. ~ Rod Crawford
Remarks
A. aculifera description and drawings can be found in The Neotropical and Mexican Species or the Orb-Weaver Genera Araneus, Dubliepeira, and Aculepeira.

More drawings of A. aculifera(1)
Internet References
~ kaston.transy.edu - Ranges.
Works Cited
1.Keys to the Genera of Araneid orbweavers of the Americas
H.W. Levi. 2002. The Journal of Arachnology 30:527–562.