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Argiope magnifica

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Species:
Argiope magnifica
(Identification by H. Levi)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: at least 20 mm
male: perhaps 8 mm
Habitat:
In a 'typical' orb web between shrubs; the female rests on an X-shaped stabilimentum in the centre of the web and the male near its edge
Toxicity:
Unknown, but this is a timid spider that is not aggressive towards humans but should still be handled with caution
Argiope magnifica
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Female underside

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Argiope keyserlingi and Argiope trifasciata.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 9 May 2009.