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Gea theridioides

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Species:
Gea theridioides (RM)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: 6 mm
male: 2.5 mm
Habitat:
In a small orb web
Toxicity:
Unknown; small and not aggressive
Gea theridioides
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With stabilimentum
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Another view
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Underneath female

This spider is quite widely distributed but is not often noticed because of its small size and the fact that its webs are normally built close to the ground. Its transverse pattern of abdominal bronze and white stripes plus a dark triangle near the end of the abdomen make its identification comparatively easy.

The web is a small but otherwise typical orb web and may contain a small amount of stabilimentum as found in the web of the St Andrews Cross spider, Argiope keyserlingi.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 12 March, 2009.