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

Species Araneus illaudatus

Smiley face Spider - Araneus illaudatus Yellow Spider Black Dots - Araneus illaudatus Huge orbweaver  - Araneus illaudatus Orb weaver? - Araneus illaudatus Robust orbweaver - Araneus illaudatus Barn Spider-Ananeus gemmoides? - Araneus illaudatus - female Female Araneus sp. North Las Vegas Clark County - Araneus illaudatus - female Is this Araneus illaudatus - 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).