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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Cyclosa - Trashline Orbweavers

Cyclosa conica? - Cyclosa turbinata - female A Neighbor? - Cyclosa turbinata Trashline Spider - Cyclosa turbinata Cyclosa turbinata - female mystery spider - Cyclosa conica - male Spider - Cyclosa Cyclosa - Cyclosa turbinata Black spider with marbled thorax - Cyclosa - male
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 Cyclosa (Trashline Orbweavers)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Cyclosa: From Greek - 'to move in a circle, circling spider', refering to the spinning of the web.(1)
5 species in BugGuide's range (continental North America north of Mexico).
C. berlandi has three posterior tubercles, and is most confused with C. walckenaeri. (2)

Females then males of each species

Cyclosa caroli

Cyclosa conica

Cyclosa turbinata

Cyclosa walckenaeri
C. berlandi: found on the southwestern coast of CA & southern TX. (2)
C. caroli: widespread in southeastern United States. (2)
C. conica: widespread in the USA, Alaska, & Canada, but uncommon in the southeastern USA and the southern half of the Great Plains. (3)
C. turbinata: widespread in the United States from Washington to New York and south through Central America. (3)
C. walckenaeri: Florida and southern Texas. (2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Spiders of North America: An Identification Manual
D. Ubick, P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing and V. Roth (eds). 2005. American Arachnological Society.
2.The neotropical and Mexican orb weavers of the genera Cyclosa and Allocyclosa (Araneae, Araneidae)
Herbert W. Levi. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Vol. 155, No. 7 Cambridge, Mass., May 25, 1999.
3.The Orb-weaving Spiders of Canada and Alaska - The Insects and Arachnids of Canada Part 23
Dondale, C.D., J.H. Redner, P, Paquin and H.W. Levi. 2003. NRC Research Press.