Sunday, February 19, 2012

St Andrew's Cross Spider (Argiope keyserlingi), Sumatra Indonesia


This photo was taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This St Andrew's Cross Spiders (Argiope keyserlingi) got its common name due to the construction of stabilimentum that  forms the X-shaped cross. Over that cross, this spider then hangs head down with its legs pairs together. The abdomen is flat pentagonal shaped with transverse white, yellow and reddish-brown stripes. The thorax and head are greyish silver patterns over black background color. The legs color are dominated with yellow color with some brown bands.
This spider is from the family of Araneidae under genus of Argiope.


Scientific classification
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Argiope
Species: A. keyserlingi
Binomial name : Argiope keyserlingi (Karsch, 1878)

Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_keyserlingi
http://australianmuseum.net.au/image/St-Andrews-Cross-Spider-Argiope-keyserlingi/

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