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Species Araneus bicentenarius - Giant Lichen Orbweaver

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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 Araneus
Species bicentenarius (Giant Lichen Orbweaver)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Araneus bicentenarius (McCook)
Orig. Comb: Epeira bicentennarius McCook, 1888
Explanation of Names
Type specimen collected by McCook during Philadelphia's bicentennial in 1882 (1). (City founded by William Penn in 1682.)
More than 50 spp. n. of Mex.
13-28 mm (female), 7 mm (male) (1)
- female dorsal
- female ventral

Males: coloration as in female, but with a longitudinal white mark anterior on dorsum; second tibia unusually large. (2)
TX-FL-NS-MN; one male reported from New Mexico. (Levi, 1971).
Woodlands, on trees, among lichens. (2)
Apr-Sept (BG data)
Print References
Howell and Jenkins (2004), pp. 139-140 (1)
Levi, H.W. 1971. The diadematus group of the orb-weaver genus Araneus north of Mexico (Araneae: Araneidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 141(4):131-179 (Biodiversity Heritage Library).
Works Cited
1.Spiders of the Eastern US, A Photographic Guide
W. Mike Howell and Ronald L. Jenkins. 2004. pearson education.
2.The diadematus group of the orb-weaver genus Araneus north of Mexico
H. W. Levi. 1971. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 141(4): 131-179.