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Species Araneus illaudatus

Cat-Faced Spider - Araneus illaudatus - female Waiting for a midnight snack... - Araneus illaudatus Smiley face Spider - Araneus illaudatus I believe this is an orb weaver. - Araneus illaudatus Small Mostly Orange Spider - Araneus illaudatus Unknown spider - Araneus illaudatus Spider ZH3Z6771 - Araneus illaudatus Orb Weaver - Araneus illaudatus - 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 Araneus
Species illaudatus (Araneus illaudatus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1936 by Willis J Gertsch and Stanley B. Mulaik as Aranea illaudata
Araneus pima was described in 1971, but was soon shown to be the same species.
Explanation of Names
illaudatus literally means "unpraised" in Latin, but can also mean "obscure, without fame" and "unpraisable, detestable"
Sounds like it closely resembles A. gemma.

Ventral view
as illaudatus - AZ, TX
as pima = OR, CA, NV, UT, AZ, NM, TX

Also found in CO & ?
Internet References
~ Psyche 82, p.265 - Link to PDF explaining pima and illaudatus are the same species.
~ American Museum Novitates, No.863 (June 23, 1936), p.19 - Gertsch & Mulaik's original description of the species (PDF format, 2.2 MB).