Monday, April 2, 2012

Hasselt's spiny spider (Gasteracantha hasselti), Sumatra Indonesia


Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This spiny spider is from the family of of Araneidae under genus of Gasteracantha. The species name is Gasteracantha hasselti (C. L. Koch, 1837).


This unique yellow crab-like orb weavers spider has six black abdominal spine-like projections on the abdomen. The background color of the upper side abdomen is yellow. The leg is brown with black bands at the joints of leg segments.  The size of this spider is about 8 mm. 

Scientific Classification:
Phylum : Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class : Arachnida - Arachnids
Order : Araneae - Spiders
Infraorder : Araneomorphae - True Spiders
No Taxon : Entelegynes
Family : Araneidae - Orb Weavers
Genus : Gasteracantha
Species : G. hasselti
Binomial name : Gasteracantha hasselti (C. L. Koch, 1837)

Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasteracantha_hasselti

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