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ID request -underside - Acanthepeira stellata

ID request -underside - Acanthepeira stellata
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, USA
September 20, 2004
Here's the underside of the spider that caught a ride from the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

Oh... it looks like the webma
Oh... it looks like the webmaster of that site has also seen your spider, and was also at a loss to ID it. As the old joke goes, "I don't know, but there goes another one."

 
The thing that amazed me was
The thing that amazed me was how many spiders (all looking somewhat like that) there were. Tons of them!!! I wonder if they might be prevalent only to the south texas area?

The spines remind me of an or
The spines remind me of an orb weaver from the Micrathena family. I've only seen the m. gracilis in the flesh, but perhaps you can use that as a starting point.

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