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Genus Gasteracantha

Happy Face - Gasteracantha cancriformis Spinybacked Orbweaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis) - Gasteracantha cancriformis Spinybacked orbweaver - Gasteracantha cancriformis Spinybacked Orbweaver Liquefying Dragonfly - Gasteracantha cancriformis Spinybacked Orbweaver - Gasteracantha cancriformis Tiny Orb Weaver? - Gasteracantha cancriformis - male Looks like a mini crab! - 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