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Species Metepeira gosoga

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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 Metepeira
Species gosoga (Metepeira gosoga)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Author of the name: Chamberlin & Ivie. Year first published: 1935.
Size
Females 7.5 to 9.4 mm, Males 4.4 to 5.5 mm (1)
Identification
Light colored carapace having only the posterior head region dark, by the white abdomen. Two adjacent black marks surrounded by white pigment on the venter. (1)

There is a second form that Piel 2001 says is more common than the one Levi described. Here is what he says: "Wide white median line with pair of large white spots on either side of spiracle. Sometimes with parallel pair of lateral white lines that join transverse white line posteriorly."
Range
Southern Utah to southern Arizona west to California. (1)
Habitat
Desert vegetation.
Season
Collected June to August.
Works Cited
1.The orb-weaver genera Metepeira, Kaira and Aculepeira in America north of Mexico
H.W. Levi. 1977. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology Vol 148 (5): 185-238.