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Genus Gasteracantha

Adult male - Gasteracantha cancriformis Gasteracantha cancriformis - male It's a red crab like spider (here in Louisiana), I have also seen a white one and a pale yellow one in Houston - Gasteracantha cancriformis Gasteracantha cancriformis - female Black and White Spider - Gasteracantha cancriformis White Crab Spider - Gasteracantha cancriformis Cocoon - Gasteracantha cancriformis Spiny-backed Orbweaver And Egg Sac - Gasteracantha cancriformis - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
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