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Species Araneus gemmoides - Cat-Faced Spider

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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 gemmoides (Cat-Faced Spider)
Other Common Names
Cat-Faced Spider, Plains Orbweaver, Jewel Spider (predominant name in Alberta, Canada)
Explanation of Names
gemma (the species of Araneus) + Greek -oides(οιδης)- "like, resembling" (only seen as an ending).
Size
Female 13 to 25 mm, Male 5.4 to 7.9 mm (1)
Identification
The fine white line crossed by two shallow white Vs on the front of the abdomen. This is a classic characteristic of Araneus gemmoides.
How strong these lines are, and, to a certain extent, their shape, is variable from one individual to another.

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Male:
Range
AB, AL, AZ, BC, CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, OR, SD, SK, UT, WA, WI, WY (1)
Internet References
(1)Spiderlist - A list compiled by a committee of volunteer contributors of the American Arachnological Society.
Royal Alberta Museum: A well-done site with information about A. gemmoides and some clear images of the spider.
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Spiders
B. J. Kaston. 1978. WCB/McGraw-Hill.