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Species Araneus illaudatus

Cat-Faced Spider - Araneus illaudatus - female Guy Smiley - Araneus illaudatus Garden Spider - Araneus illaudatus Unknown spider - Araneus illaudatus spider - Araneus illaudatus - female Angulate orb weaver of some sort - Araneus illaudatus spider in large web in Sedona, AZ. - Araneus illaudatus
Classification
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"
Identification
Sounds like it closely resembles A. gemma.

Ventral view
Range
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).