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Genus Gasteracantha

orange crab like spiny orb weaver - Gasteracantha cancriformis Spiny Backed Orbweaver? - Gasteracantha cancriformis Unusual Spider - Gasteracantha cancriformis - female orb weaver - Gasteracantha cancriformis Gasteracantha cancriformis? - Gasteracantha cancriformis Black Spider with Red Spikes - Gasteracantha cancriformis Gasteracantha cancriformis - female St. Andrews egg sac or coccoon on Magnolia grandiflora leaf 2017 2 - Gasteracantha cancriformis
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 Gasteracantha
Explanation of Names
Greek gaster (γαστηρ)- "belly" + akantha (ακανθα)- "thorn, spine"
Gender: Feminine
One species in the US
for more information see Gasteracantha cancriformis