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Araneus acuminatus

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Species:
Araneus acuminatus (QM)
(Note: Initially identified as Araneus poltyoides by Ramon Mascord this species may be part of a single species complex, which might explain the variable presence of spiky abdominal hair tufts)
Family:
Araneidae
(formerly Argiopidae)
Body length:
female: 6 mm
male: 3.5 mm
Habitat:
This species is thought to build a small orb web in shrubbery at night but then destroys the web at dawn
Toxicity:
The toxicity of the venom of this species is not known but it probably is too small and too timid to be able to seriously envenomate humans
Araneus acuminatus
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Another view
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The same species?
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Spiky specimen
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Male and female
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Male ballooning
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Another female
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Two views
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Rear and underside

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other small araneid species that have a shield-like figure on the upper surface of the abdomen.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 23 May 2016.