Checklist

Araneidae Checklist: Orb Weaver Spiders

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9 April 2020

Orb weaver spiders from the family Araneidae Clerck, 1757 belong to the most morphologically diverse group of spiders. Almost all spiders from the family Araneidae build vertical orb webs. There are some exceptions with modified orb webs, inclined orb webs, or just radically different webs. Despite the variations, they are all known to be web builders.

Checklist

This page consists of a personal checklist of all Orb Weaver Spiders (Araneidae) that I’ve encountered over the years. I have not included the species names nor the details behind the genus placements, so this is just a personal reference. Some spiders may appear identical on photos, so please do not assume the identification of a spider simply based on the photographs here.

All photos are of live subjects shot in the field, with the dorsal view selected where available. Click on individual photos for larger views and views from other angles. As most specimens were not collected, identifications were done purely based on photographs and may not be 100% accurate.

This page will be updated regularly, please let me know if you spot any mistakes.

View my complete Flickr photo set: Araneidae – Orb Weaver Spiders.

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Family: Araneidae Clerck, 1757

Genus: Acacesia Simon, 1895

Orb weaver spider (Acacesia sp.) - DSC_2589

Belize: Acacesia sp. A ♀

Orb weaver spider (Acacesia sp.) - DSC_9559

Belize: Acacesia sp. B ♀

Genus: Acrosomoides Acrosomoides Simon, 1887

Spiny orb weaver (Acrosomoides acrosomoides) - DSC_9881

Madagascar: Acrosomoides acrosomoides (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1879) ♀

Spiny orb weaver (Acrosomoides acrosomoides) - DSC_9457

Madagascar: Acrosomoides acrosomoides (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1879) (Juv)

Genus: Actinacantha Simon, 1864

Globuled spiny orb weaver (Actinacantha globulata) - DSC_5155

Brunei: Actinacantha globulata (Walckenaer, 1841) ♀

Genus: Acusilas Simon, 1895

Scarlet Acusilas Spider (Acusilas coccineus) - DSC_6539

Singapore: Acusilas coccineus Simon, 1895 ♀

Orb weaver spider (Acusilas sp.) - DSC_3956

Singapore: Acusilas coccineus Simon, 1895 ♂

Marshmallow spider (Acusilas malaccensis) - DSC_0362

East Malaysia: Acusilas malaccensis Murphy & Murphy, 1983 ♀

Genus: Alpaida O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1889

Orb weaver spider (Alpaida truncata) - DSC_3198

Peru: Alpaida truncata (Keyserling, 1865) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Alpaida truncata) - DSC_1471

Peru: Alpaida truncata (Keyserling, 1865) ♂

Orb weaver spider (Alpaida truncata) - DSC_3830

Peru: Alpaida truncata (Keyserling, 1865) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Alpaida tabula) - DSC_1077

Peru: Alpaida tabula (Simon, 1895) ♀

Genus: Anepsion Strand, 1929

Button orb weaver (Anepsion sp.) - DSC_0438

Singapore: Anepsion depressum (Thorell, 1877) ♂

Button orb weaver (Anepsion depressum) - DSC_0909

West Malaysia: Anepsion depressum (Thorell, 1877) ♀

Marble button spider (Anepsion maritatum) - DSC_4504

West Malaysia: Anepsion maritatum (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1877) ♀

Genus: Arachnura Vinson, 1863

Scorpion-Tailed Spider (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_0578

Singapore: Arachnura sp. A ♀

Scorpion-Tailed Spider (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_8597

Singapore: Arachnura melanura Simon, 1867 ♀

Scorpion-tailed spider (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_9556

Madagascar: Arachnura sp. ♀

Genus: Araneus Clerck, 1757

Orb Weaver Spider (Araneus metalis) - DSC_4719

Singapore: Araneus metalis (Thorell, 1887) ♀

Orb web spider (Araneus metalis) - DSC_9654

West Malaysia: Araneus metalis (Thorell, 1887) ♂

Orb web spider (Araneus sp.) - DSC_9380

Singapore: Araneus sp. C ♀

Orb weaver spider (Araneus sp.) - DSC_6274

Singapore: Araneus sp. C ♂

Kidney garden spider (Araneus mitificus) - DSC_7481

West Malaysia: Araneus mitificus (Simon, 1886) ♀

Garden orb weaver (Araneus mitificus) - DSC_3875

Singapore: Araneus mitificus (Simon, 1886) ♂

Orb weaver spider (Araneus sp.) - DSC_8978

West Malaysia: Araneus cf. mitificus (Simon, 1886) ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Araneus sp.) - DSC_7369

Singapore: Araneus sp. A ♀

Orb weaver spider (Araneus noegeatus) - DSC_6096

Singapore: Araneus cf. noegeatus (Thorell, 1895) ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Araneus noegeatus) - DSC_5078

Singapore: Araneus cf. noegeatus (Thorell, 1895) ♂

Orb weaver spider (Araneus nox) - DSC_5167

Singapore: Araneus nox (Simon, 1877) ♀

* The epigyne of this species conforms to that of Eriovixia, and may be transferred in the near future.

Orb weaver spider (Araneus nox) - DSC_9497

Singapore: Araneus nox (Simon, 1877) ♂

Orb weaver spider (cf. Araneus sp.) - DSC_0275

Madagascar: cf. Araneus sp.

Green orb weaver spider (Araneus sp.) - DSC_2991

Mozambique: Araneus apricus (Karsch, 1884) ♀

Genus: Argiope Audouin, 1826

St Andrew's Cross Spider (Argiope versicolor) - DSC_6483

Singapore: Argiope versicolor (Doleschall, 1859) ♀

St Andrew's Cross Spider (Argiope sp.) - DSC_6131

Singapore: Argiope cf. versicolor (Doleschall, 1859) ♂

Cross orb weaver (Argiope aemula) - DSC_6865

Singapore: Argiope aemula (Walckenaer, 1841) ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Argiope aemula) - DSC_2563

Singapore: Argiope aemula (Walckenaer, 1841) ♂

Zigzag orb weaver (Argiope cf. lobata or levii) - DSC_5555

Mozambique: Argiope lobata (Pallas, 1772)
or Argiope levii Bjørn, 1997 ♀

Zigzag orb weaver (Argiope australis) - DSC_5908

Mozambique: Argiope australis (Walckenaer, 1805) ♀

St Andrew's cross spider (Argiope mangal) - DSC_5098

Singapore: Argiope mangal Koh, 1991 ♀

St Andrew's cross spider (Argiope mangal) - DSC_1709

Singapore: Argiope mangal Koh, 1991 ♀

Dang's cross spider (Argiope dang) - DSC_3096

Singapore: Argiope cf. dang Jäger & Praxaysombath, 2009 ♀

St Andrew's cross spider (Argiope doleschalli) - DSC_6000

West Malaysia: Argiope doleschalli Thorell, 1873 ♀

Zigzag spider (Argiope ranomafanensis) - DSC_8004

Madagascar: Argiope ranomafanensis Bjørn, 1997 ♀

Cross orb weaver (Argiope reinwardti) - DSC_3022

East Malaysia: Argiope reinwardti (Doleschall, 1859) ♀

Silver cross spider (Argiope argentata) - DSC_1750

Peru: Argiope argentata (Fabricius, 1775) ♀

Silver zigzag spider (Argiope catenulata) - DSC_0329b

Singapore: Argiope catenulata (Doleschall, 1859) ♀

St Andrew's Cross Spider (Argiope sp.) - DSC_6415

Singapore: Argiope sp. Juv ♀

St Andrew's cross spider (Argiope sp.) - DSC_8148

Singapore: Argiope sp. Juv ♀

Genus: Aspidolasius Simon, 1887

Crab orb weaver (Aspidolasius branick) - DSC_4325

Peru: Aspidolasius branicki (Taczanowski, 1879) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Aspidolasius branick) - DSC_1486b

Peru: Aspidolasius branicki (Taczanowski, 1879) Juv

Genus: Augusta O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1877

Kite orb weaver (Augusta glyphica) - DSC_3004

Madagascar: Augusta glyphica (Guérin, 1839) ♀

Genus: Austracantha Dahl, 1914

Australian Christmas Jewel Spider (Austracantha minax) - DSC_0562

Australia: Austracantha minax (Thorell, 1859) ♀

Genus: Bertrana Keyserling, 1884

Orb weaver spider (Bertrana sp.) - DSC_8521

Belize: Bertrana sp. ♀

Genus: Caerostris Thorell, 1868

Big-Headed Bark Spider (Caerostris sp.) - DSC_3787

Singapore: Caerostris sp. A ♀

Big-Headed Bark Spider (Caerostris sp.) - ESC_0600

Singapore: Caerostris sp. A ♀

Big-headed bark spider (Caerostris sp.) - DSC_5046

East Malaysia: Caerostris sp. B ♀

Big-Headed Bark Spider (Caerostris sp.) - DSC_7275

Singapore: Caerostris sp. B Juv ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris almae) - DSC_8897b

Madagascar: Caerostris almae Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris extrusa) - DSC_7392

Caerostris extrusa Butler, 1882 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris bojani) - DSC_2918

Madagascar: Caerostris bojani Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris bojani) - DSC_6674

Madagascar: Caerostris bojani Gregorič, 2015 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris darwini) - DSC_6642

Madagascar: Caerostris darwini Kuntner & Agnarsson, 2010 ♀

Broad-headed bark spider (Caerostris cf. darwini) - DSC_1314

Caerostris cf. darwini Kuntner & Agnarsson, 2010 (Juv) 1314

Genus: Chorizopesoides Mi & Wang, 2018

Big-Headed Orb Weaver Spider (Chorizopesoides sp.) - DSC_9389

Singapore: Chorizopesoides wulingensis (Yin, Wang & Xie, 1994) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Chorizopesoides sp.) - DSC_5569

East Malaysia: Chorizopesoides wulingensis (Yin, Wang & Xie, 1994) ♂

Genus: Clitaetra Simon, 1889

Hermit spider (Clitaetra cf. irenae) - DSC_6371

Mozambique: Clitaetra cf. irenae Kuntner, 2006 Juv

Genus: Cyclosa Menge, 1866

Trashline orb weaver (Cyclosa sp.) - PA130316

Singapore: Cyclosa bifida (Doleschall, 1859) ♀

Orb Web Spider (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_1912

Singapore: Cyclosa bifida (Doleschall, 1859) ♂

Orb Weaver Spider (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_5287

Thailand: Cyclosa sp. B ♀

Trashline orb weaver spider (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_6090b

East Malaysia: Cyclosa sp. C ♀

Trashline orb weaver spider (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_7873

Singapore: Cyclosa sp. D ♀

Trashline orb weaver spider (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_6185

East Malaysia: Cyclosa sp. E ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_7198

West Malaysia: Cyclosa sp. F ♀

Trashline orb web spider (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_9029

Singapore: Cyclosa sp. G ♀

Trashline orb weaver spider (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_1462

Peru: Cyclosa sp. H ♀

Trashline orb weaver (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_1947

Madagascar: Cyclosa sp. ♀ 1947

Trashline orb weaver (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_6227

Mozambique: Cyclosa oculata (Walckenaer, 1802) ♀

Trashline orb weaver (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_6539

Mozambique: Cyclosa sp. ♀ 6539

Genus: Cyphalonotus Simon, 1895

Differs from Poltys by the posterior lateral eyes positioned much closer to the ocular quad.

Tree stump orb weaver (Cyphalonotus sp.) - DSC_7112

Singapore: Cyphalonotus sp. A ♀

Tree-stump orb web spider (Cyphalonotus sp.) - DSC_2456

Singapore: Cyphalonotus sp. A ♂

Genus: Cyrtarachne Thorell, 1868

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Bird dung spider (Cyrtarachne sp.) - DSC_6852

Singapore: Cyrtarachne cf. inaequalis Thorell, 1895 ♀

Bird Dung Spider (Cyrtarachne sp.) - DSC_1760

Singapore: Cyrtarachne cf. inaequalis Thorell, 1895 ♂

Orb weaver spider (Cyrtarachne sp.) - DSC_6872

Singapore: Cyrtarachne nagasakiensis Strand, 1918 ♂ ♀

Orb weaver spider (Cyrtarachne sp.) - DSC_9128

Singapore: Cyrtarachne sp. C ♀ ♂

Genus: Cyrtophora Simon, 1864

Spiders of this genus build complex three-dimensional tent webs.

Tent Web Spider (Cyrtophora cylindroides) - DSC_2611

Singapore: Cyrtophora cylindroides (Walckenaer, 1841) ♀

Tent Web Spider (Cyrtophora cylindroides) - DSC_1747

Singapore: Cyrtophora cylindroides (Walckenaer, 1841) Juv ♀

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora beccarii) - DSC_2045

Singapore: Cyrtophora beccarii (Thorell, 1878) ♀

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora beccarii) - DSC_2091

Singapore: Cyrtophora beccarii (Thorell, 1878) ♀ web

Red tent spider (Cyrtophora unicolor) - DSC_0946

Singapore: Cyrtophora unicolor (Doleschall, 1857) ♀

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora exanthematica) - DSC_1625

Singapore: Cyrtophora exanthematica (Doleschall, 1859) ♀

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora cicatrosa) - DSC_9378b

Singapore: Cyrtophora cicatrosa (Stoliczka, 1869) ♀

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora moluccensis) - ESC_0166

Singapore: Cyrtophora moluccensis (Doleschall, 1857) ♀

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora sp.) - DSC_0142

Madagascar: Cyrtophora sp.

Tent web spider (Cyrtophora citricola) - DSC_6354b

Mozambique: Cyrtophora citricola (Forsskål, 1775) ♀

Genus: Deione Thorell, 1898

Orb weaver spider (Deione sp.) - DSC_7597

East Malaysia: Deione lingulata Han, Zhu & Levi, 2009 ♂

Genus: Encyosaccus Simon, 1895

Adorable Tortoise Orb Weavers from the Amazon

Tortoise orb weaver (Encyosaccus sp.) - DSC_3137

Peru: Encyosaccus sexmaculatus Simon, 1895 ♀

Genus: Eriophora Simon, 1864

Orb weaver spider (Eriophora nephiloides) - DSC_7999

Belize: Eriophora nephiloides (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1889) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Eriophora sp.) - DSC_9319

Belize: Eriophora sp. B ♀

Orb weaver spider (Eriophora sp.) - ESC_0034

Belize: Eriophora sp. C ♀

Orb weaver spider (Eriophora sp.) - DSC_4032

Peru: Eriophora sp. D ♀

Genus: Eriovixia Archer, 1951

There are many morphs for some species which should be examined and have the DNA sequenced in order to determine the exact species.

Orb web spider (Eriovixia laglaizei) - ESC_0016

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. A ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_7189

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. A ♀

Orb Web Spider (Eriovixia laglaizei) - DSC_7920

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. A ♀

Orb Web Spider (Eriovixia laglaizei) - DSC_1363

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. A ♀

Orb web spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_7550

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. A ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_2891

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. A ♀

Orb weaver spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_7107

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. A ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_3168

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. A ♀

Garden Spider (Eriovixia laglaizei) - DSC_5046

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. A ♂

Orb weaver spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_3695

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. A ♂

Orb weaver spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_9880

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. B ♀

Garden Orb Weaver (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_2592

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. B ♂

Orb weaver spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_6891

Singapore: Eriovixia pseudocentrodes (Bösenberg & Strand, 1906) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_3442

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. D ♀

Orb web spider (Eriovixia porcula) - DSC_4594

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. E ♀

Orb Web Spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_5014

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. E ♀

Orb Web Spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_0044

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. E ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_6249

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. ♂

Orb weaver spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_9043

East Malaysia: Eriovixia sp. Juv

Orb web spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_4518

Singapore: Eriovixia sp. Juv

Genus: Eustala Simon, 1895

Eustala is very close to Larinia and is difficult to impossible to distinguish from photographs alone.

Orb weaver spider (Eustala sp.) - DSC_7653

Belize: Eustala sp. E ♀

Genus: Gasteracantha Sundevall, 1833

Closely related to Macracantha and Thelacantha.

Spiny Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha dalyi?) - DSC_3458

Singapore: Gasteracantha dalyi Pocock, 1900 ♀

Spiny orb weaver (Gasteracantha sp.) - ESC_0481

East Malaysia: Gasteracantha clavigera Giebel, 1863 ♀

Spiny Back Orb Weaver Spider (Gasteracantha diadesmia) - DSC_4242

Thailand: Gasteracantha diadesmia Thorell, 1887 ♀

Spiny orb weaver (Gasteracantha sp.) - DSC_7676b

Singapore: Gasteracantha diardi (Lucas, 1835) ♀

Spiny orb web spider (Gasteracantha sp.) - DSC_0400

Singapore: Gasteracantha doriae Simon, 1877 ♀

Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha sp.) - DSC_2000

West Malaysia: Gasteracantha doriae Simon, 1877 ♀

Spiny orb weaver (Gasteracantha versicolor formosa) - DSC_1358

Madagascar: Gasteracantha versicolor formosa Vinson, 1863 ♀

Spiny kite orb weaver (Gasteracantha falcicornis) - DSC_4276

Mozambique: Gasteracantha falcicornis Butler, 1873 ♀

Spiny orb web spider (Gasteracantha hasselti) - DSC_7038

Singapore: Gasteracantha hasselti C. L. Koch, 1837 ♀

Spiny orb web spider (Gasteracantha sp.) - DSC_4035

Singapore: Gasteracantha hasselti C. L. Koch, 1837 ♂

Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha kuhli) - DSC_3548

Singapore: Gasteracantha kuhli C. L. Koch, 1837 ♀

Spiny orb web spider (Gasteracantha sp.) - DSC_5915

Singapore: Gasteracantha kuhli C. L. Koch, 1837 ♂

Spiny orb weaver (Gasteracantha sp.) - DSC_7400

East Malaysia: Gasteracantha sp. ♀

Spiny orb weaver (Gasteracantha sp.) - DSC_7981

East Malaysia: Gasteracantha sp. ♂

Spiny orb weaver (Gasteracantha sp.) - DSC_2496

Mozambique: Gasteracantha cf. sanguinolenta C.L. Koch, 1844 ♀ (Juv)

Genus: Gea C. L. Koch, 1843

Orb web spider (Gea sp.) - DSC_2773

East Malaysia: Gea sp. A ♀

Orb weaver spider (Gea sp.) - DSC_3018

Singapore: Gea sp. A ♀

Orb web spider (Gea sp.) - DSC_0854

Singapore: Gea sp. A ♂

Orb weaver spider (cf. Gea sp.) - DSC_7979

Madagascar: cf. Gea sp. ♀

Genus: Gibbaranea Archer, 1951

Probably misidentified and belongs to another genus.

Orb web spider (Gibbaranea sp.) - DSC_3694

East Malaysia: cf. Gibbaranea sp. A ♀

Orb Web Spider (Gibbaranea sp.) - DSC_3813

Singapore: cf. Gibbaranea sp. A ♂

Genus: Hypognatha Guérin, 1839

Adorable Tortoise Orb Weavers from the Amazon

Turtle back orb weaver (Hypognatha scutata) - DSC_2199

Peru: Hypognatha scutata (Perty, 1833) ♀

Turtle back orb weaver (Hypognatha scutata) - DSC_2316

Peru: Hypognatha scutata (Perty, 1833) ♂

Genus: Hypsacantha Dahl, 1914

Spiny orb weaver (Hypsacantha crucimaculata) - DSC_4888

Mozambique: Hypsacantha crucimaculata (Dahl, 1914) ♀

Genus: Isoxya Simon, 1885

Kite biscuit orb weaver (Isoxya tabulata) - DSC_2370

Mozambique: Isoxya tabulata (Thorell, 1859) ♀

Genus: Kapogea Levi, 1997

Tent web spider (Kapogea sellata) - DSC_3917

Peru: Kapogea sp. A ♀

Genus: Lipocrea Thorell, 1878

Orb weaver spider (Lipocrea sp.) - DSC_1430

Singapore: Lipocrea fusiformis (Thorell, 1877) ♀

Grass orb weaver (cf. Lipocrea sp.) - DSC_0619

Madagascar: cf. Lipocrea sp.

Genus: Macracantha Simon, 1864

Used to be a sub-genus of Gasteracantha.

Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Macracantha arcuata) - DSC_3295

Singapore: Macracantha arcuata (Fabricius, 1793) ♀

Long horn orb weaver (Macracantha arcuata) - DSC_4448

East Malaysia: Macracantha arcuata (Fabricius, 1793) ♀

Genus: Mangora O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1889

Orb weaver spider (Mangora sp.) - DSC_2132

Peru: Mangora sp. A ♀

Genus: Metazygia F. O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1904

Orb weaver spider (Metazygia laticeps) - DSC_3445

Peru: Metazygia sp. A ♀

Orb weaver spider (Metazygia sp.) - DSC_7691

Peru: Metazygia sp. B ♀

Genus: Micrathena Sundevall, 1833

Peruvian Amazon’s Thorned Heart and Other Thorn Orb Weavers

Thorned heart orb weaver (Micrathena clypeata) - DSC_1629b

Peru: Micrathena clypeata (Walckenaer, 1805) ♀

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena sp.) - DSC_1495

Peru: Micrathena clypeata (Walckenaer, 1805) ♂

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena gr. cornuta) - DSC_1120

Peru: Micrathena gr. cornuta (Taczanowski, 1873) ♀

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena excavata) - DSC_0745

Peru: Micrathena excavata (C. L. Koch, 1836) ♀

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena kirbyi) - DSC_1061

Peru: Micrathena kirbyi (Perty, 1833) ♀

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena sp.) - DSC_1360

Peru: Micrathena kirbyi (Perty, 1833) ♂

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena pungens) - DSC_0792

Peru: Micrathena pungens (Walckenaer, 1841) ♀

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena pungens) - DSC_4133

Peru: Micrathena pungens (Walckenaer, 1841) ♂

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena schreibersi) - DSC_4331

Peru: Micrathena schreibersi (Perty, 1833) ♀

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena gr. triangularispinosa) - DSC_0888

Peru: Micrathena triangularispinosa (De Geer, 1778) ♀

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena cf. triangularis) - DSC_0957

Peru: Micrathena triangularis (C. L. Koch, 1836) ♀

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena sp.) - DSC_4355

Peru: Micrathena gr. plana (C. L. Koch, 1836) ♀

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena sp.) - DSC_1336

Peru: Micrathena acuta (Walckenaer, 1841) ♀

Thorn orb weaver (Micrathena cf. plana) - DSC_1156

Peru: Micrathena cf. plana (C. L. Koch, 1836) ♀

Genus: Milonia Thorell, 1890

Orb Weaver Spider (Milonia obtusa) - DSC_6323

Singapore: Milonia sp. A ♀

Orb weaver spider (Milonia sp.) - DSC_3983

West Malaysia: Milonia sp. A ♀

Genus: Neogea Levi, 1983

Orb Weaver Spider (Neogea nocticolor) - DSC_1280

Singapore: Neogea nocticolor (Thorell, 1887) ♀

Black orb web spider (Neogea nocticolor) - ESC_0106

Singapore: Neogea nocticolor (Thorell, 1887) ♂ ♀

Black orb web spider (Neogea nocticolor) - ESC_0224

Singapore: Neogea nocticolor (Thorell, 1887) ♀

Genus: Neoscona Simon, 1864

There are many morphs for some species which should be examined and have the DNA sequenced in order to determine the exact species.

Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_6749

Indonesia: Neoscona sp. A ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_8924

Singapore: Neoscona sp. A ♀

Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_7254

Singapore: Neoscona sp. A ♀

Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_7389

Singapore: Neoscona sp. A ♀

Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_7382

Singapore: Neoscona sp. A ♀

Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_5399

Singapore: Neoscona sp. B ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_5725

East Malaysia: Neoscona sp. B ♂

Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_2879

Singapore: Neoscona sp. C ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Neoscona punctigera) - DSC_3800

Singapore: Neoscona sp. C ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_3776

Singapore: Neoscona sp. C ♂

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_1661

Singapore: Neoscona theisi (Walckenaer, 1841) ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Neoscona sp.) - IMG_5680

Singapore: Neoscona sp. E ♀

Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_5113

Singapore: Neoscona sp. E ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_9169

Singapore: Neoscona sp. F ♀

Orb Web Spider (Neoscona vigilans) - DSC_4824

Singapore: Neoscona sp. F ♂

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_6199

Singapore: Neoscona sp. G ♀

Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_2144

Singapore: Neoscona sp. H ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_6656

Madagascar: Neoscona sp. ♀

Orb weaver spider (cf. Neoscona sp.) - DSC_6855

Madagascar: cf. Neoscona sp.

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona rufipalpis) - DSC_4429

Mozambique: Neoscona rufipalpis (Lucas, 1858) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona rufipalpis) - DSC_6113

Mozambique: Neoscona rufipalpis (Lucas, 1858) ♂

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona subfusca) - DSC_4634

Mozambique: Neoscona subfusca (C.L.Koch, 1837) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona subfusca) - DSC_4640

Mozambique: Neoscona subfusca (C.L.Koch, 1837) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona triangula) - DSC_3004

Mozambique: Neoscona triangula (Keyserling, 1864) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona triangula) - DSC_2611

Mozambique: Neoscona triangula (Keyserling, 1864) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_3019

Mozambique: Neoscona sp. ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_2606

Mozambique: Neoscona cf. hirta (C.L. Koch, 1844) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_2135

Mozambique: cf. Neoscona sp. ♂

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_3124

Mozambique: cf. Neoscona sp. ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_5541

Mozambique: Neoscona sp. ♀

Orb weaver spider (Neoscona sp.) - DSC_5861

Mozambique: Neoscona theisi theisiella (Tullgren, 1910) ♀

Genus: Ocrepeira Marx, 1883

Orb weaver spider (Ocrepeira covillei) - DSC_1939

Peru: Ocrepeira sp. A ♀

Genus: Ordgarius Keyserling, 1886

Six-spined bolas spider (Ordgarius sexspinosus) - DSC_4474

Singapore: Ordgarius sexspinosus (Thorell, 1894) ♀

Genus: Pararaneus Caporiacco, 1940

Orb weaver spider (Pararaneus cyrtoscapus) - DSC_6081

Mozambique: Pararaneus cyrtoscapus (Pocock, 1898) ♂ 6081

Orb weaver spider (Pararaneus perforatus) - DSC_6630

Mozambique: Pararaneus perforatus (Thorell, 1899) ♂

Genus: Paraplectana Brito Capello, 1867

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Paraplectana sp. - DSC_6778

Singapore: Paraplectana sp. A ♀

Paraplectana sp. - DSC_5398

Singapore: Paraplectana sp. B ♀

Ladybird-Mimic Spider (Paraplectana sp.) - DSC_8308

Singapore: Paraplectana sp. C ♀

Ladybird spider (Paraplectana sp.) - DSC_7304

Singapore: Paraplectana sp. D ♀

Genus: Parawixia F. O. P. Cambridge, 1904

Parawixia dehaani is found to be highly polymorphic.

Orb weaver spider (Parawixia sp.) - DSC_3700

Singapore: Parawixia sp. A ♀

Common Garden Spider (Parawixia dehaani) - DSC_4278

Singapore: Parawixia sp. A ♀

Orb web spider (Parawixia sp.) - DSC_9714b

Singapore: Parawixia sp. A ♀

Garden Spider (Parawixia sp.) - DSC_8744

Singapore: Parawixia sp. A ♀

Garden Spider (Parawixia sp.) - DSC_9709

Singapore: Parawixia sp. A ♀

Common Garden Spider (Parawixia dehaani) - DSC_2934

Singapore: Parawixia sp. A ♀

Orb weaver spider (Parawixia sp.) - DSC_3824b

Peru: Parawixia sp. B ♀

Orb weaver spider (Parawixia sp.) - DSC_4566

Peru: Parawixia sp. C ♀

Genus: Pasilobus Simon, 1895

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Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_1817

Singapore: Pasilobus sp. A ♀

Bird Dung Orb Weaver (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_0906

Singapore: Pasilobus sp. B ♀

Genus: Plebs Joseph & Framenau, 2012

Orb web spider (Plebs sp.) - DSC_5914

West Malaysia: Plebs sp. A ♀

Genus: Poltys C. L. Koch, 1843

Some species may appear similar to Cyphalonotus.

Tree stump orb weaver spider (Poltys sp.) - DSC_5880

Singapore: Poltys elevatus Thorell, 1890 ♀

Tree stump orb web spider (Poltys sp.) - DSC_8606

Singapore: Poltys stygius Thorell, 1898 ♀

Tree Stump Orb Weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_7763

Singapore: Poltys illepidus C. L. Koch, 1843 ♀

Tree Stump Orb Weaver Spider (Poltys sp.) - DSC_0283

Singapore: Poltys illepidus C. L. Koch, 1843 ♀

Tree-stump orb weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_8888c

Madagascar: Poltys sp. ♀

Tree stump orb weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_8949x

Madagascar: Poltys sp. ♀

Tree stump orb weaver (Poltys furcifer) - DSC_5095x

Mozambique: Poltys furcifer Simon, 1881 ♀

Tree stump orb weaver (Poltys furcifer) - DSC_5037

Mozambique: Poltys furcifer Simon, 1881 ♀

Tree-stump orb weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_5589

Mozambique: Poltys sp.

Tree-stump orb weaver (Poltys sp.) - DSC_5593

Mozambique: Poltys sp.

Genus: Prasonica Simon, 1895

Orb weaver spider (Prasonica cf. seriata) - DSC_6725

Madagascar: Prasonica cf. seriata Simon, 1895

Cucumber orb weaver (Prasonica cf. seriata) - DSC_8784

Madagascar: Prasonica cf. seriata Simon, 1895

Cucumber orb weaver (Prasonica nigrotaeniata) - DSC_5112

Mozambique: Prasonica nigrotaeniata (Simon, 1909) ♀

Orb weaver spider (Prasonica nigrotaeniata) - DSC_2562

Mozambique: Prasonica nigrotaeniata (Simon, 1909) ♀

Genus: Singa C. L. Koch, 1836

Orb weaver spider (Singa perpolita) - DSC_9402

Singapore: Singa perpolita (Thorell, 1892) ♀
*May be transferred to Araneus perpolitus (Thorell, 1892)

Orb web spider (Singa perpolita) - DSC_8596

Singapore: Singa perpolita (Thorell, 1892) ♂
*May be transferred to Araneus perpolitus (Thorell, 1892)

Genus: Talthybia Thorell, 1898

Often mistaken to be Dolophones which is another wrap-around orb weaver that occurs only in Australia.

Wrap-round orb weaver (Talthybia sp.) - PA130257

Singapore: Talthybia sp. A ♀

Wrap-Around Spider (Talthybia sp.) - DSC_2320

Singapore: Talthybia sp. A ♀

Wrap-around orb weaver (Talthybia sp.) - DSC_7360

Singapore: Talthybia sp. B ♀

Wrap-around orb weaver (Talthybia sp.) - DSC_7855

West Malaysia: Talthybia sp. B ♀

Genus: Thelacantha Hasselt, 1907

Closely related to Gasteracantha.

Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Thelacantha brevispina) - DSC_7353

Singapore: Thelacantha brevispina (Doleschall, 1857) ♀

Genus: Xylethrus Simon, 1895

Peruvian Amazon’s Roly Poly Spider and Other Exotic Orb Weavers

Roly poly orb weaver (Xylethrus scrupeus) - DSC_4489

Peru: Xylethrus scrupeus Simon, 1895 ♀

Genus: Verrucosa McCook, 1888

Orb weaver spider (Verrucosa sp.) - DSC_1523

Peru: Verrucosa sp. A ♀

Orb weaver spider (Verrucosa sp.) - DSC_3743

Peru: Verrucosa sp. A ♂

Orb weaver spider (Verrucosa cf. arenata) - ESC_0015

Belize: Verrucosa cf. arenata (Walckenaer, 1841) ♀

Genus: Wagneriana F. O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1904

Orb weaver spider (Wagneriana sp.) - DSC_0940

Peru: Wagneriana sp. A ♀

Orb weaver spider (Wagneriana sp.) - ESC_0231

Belize: Wagneriana sp. B ♀

Orb weaver spider (Wagneriana sp.) - DSC_2409

Peru: Wagneriana sp. C ♀

Orb weaver spider (Wagneriana sp.) - DSC_1823

Peru: Wagneriana sp. D ♂

Genus: Zygiella F. O. P.-Cambridge, 1902

Zygiella is largely a European genus. These species might be transferred pending after a revision of the genus.

Orb weaver spider (Zygiella sp.) - DSC_3365

Singapore: Zygiella sp. A ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Zygiella inustus) - DSC_7479

Singapore: Zygiella sp. B ♀

Orb weaver spider (Zygiella sp.) - DSC_1625

Singapore: Zygiella sp. C ♀

Orb weaver spider (Zygiella sp.) - DSC_5721

Singapore: Zygiella sp. C ♂

Unidentified Araneidae

Orb weaver spider (Araneidae) - DSC_8678

West Malaysia: Araneidae ♂

Orb weaver spider (Araneidae) - DSC_5035

East Malaysia: Araneidae ♂

Orb weaver spider (Araneidae) - DSC_5521

East Malaysia: Araneidae ♀

Orb Weaver Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_6747

Singapore: Araneidae ♀

Orb web spider (Araneidae) - DSC_9122

Singapore: Araneidae ♂

Orb weaver spider (Araneidae) - DSC_5811

Singapore: Araneidae ♂

Juvenile orb weaver (Araneidae) - DSC_4068

Singapore: Araneidae Juv

Orb weaver spider (Araneidae) - DSC_4398

Singapore: Araneidae ♂

Periscope orb-weaver (Araneidae) - DSC_4830

Singapore: Araneidae ♀

Periscope orb-weaver (Araneidae) - DSC_4756

Singapore: Araneidae ♀

Orb weaver spider (Araneidae) - ESC_0280

East Malaysia: Araneidae ♀

Orb weaver spider (Araneidae) - DSC_4426

Mozambique: Araneidae 4426

Behaviour

Orb weaver spider (Araneus perpolitus) - DSC_9755

Singapore: Araneus/Singa sp. moulting

Golden orb weaver (Nephila sp.) - DSC_3883

Singapore: Nephila pilipes moulting

St Andrew's cross spider (Argiope versicolor) - DSC_0859

Singapore: Argiope sp. weaving egg sac

Orb web spider (Araneus micula) - DSC_8467

Singapore: Araneus sp. weaving egg sac

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