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Four-spined jewel spider

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Species:
Gasteracantha quadrispinosa
(RM) or a close relative
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: 5 mm
male: 2.5 mm
Habitat:
On green leaves or a small web in rainforest settings but rarely in open forest settings
Toxicity:
This spider may be too small to be harmful to humans and is not aggressive; its camouflage means it is rarely noticed
Gasteracantha quadrispinosa
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Side view
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On a leaf
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Another specimen
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Front view

While the shield over the surface of the abdomen varies in colour from yellow to red, it always has a pair of black spiny processes projecting from each side.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Austracantha minax.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 2 April 2008.