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Araneus cyrtarachnoides

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Species:
Araneus cyrtarachnoides
(as identified by Volker Framenau)
Note: Some of the images displayed on this page were originally thought to be Araneus psittacinus
Family:
Araneidae
Body length:
female: about 4 mm
male: about 2 mm
Habitat:
This species is said to build a small orb web between green leaves, but the female rests on or under a leaf during the day and its colour is probably variable for camouflage reasons
Toxicity:
This species is far too small to cause a significant human biting and is not aggressive anyway
Araneus cyrtarachnoides
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Another female
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Unusual colouring
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Female underside
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A related species?
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Another female?

This species either varies greatly in colour scheme from specimen to specimen or is part of a complex of closely related species or subspecies.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some small araneids, such as Araneus albotriangulus and this unknown araneid species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 28 May 2016.