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Genus Gasteracantha

orange crab like spiny orb weaver - Gasteracantha cancriformis Green Mystery 2 - Gasteracantha cancriformis Spinybacked Orbweaver - Gasteracantha cancriformis Spiny Orbweaver - Gasteracantha cancriformis black and white spider with red spikes - Gasteracantha cancriformis Spiny-backed Orbweaver - Gasteracantha cancriformis Gasteracantha sp. - Gasteracantha cancriformis 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