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Gasteracantha geminata

Spiny orb-weavers is a common name for Gasteracantha, a genus of spiders. They are also commonly called Spiny-backed orb-weavers, due to the prominent spines on their abdomen. These spiders can reach sizes of up to 30mm in diameter (measured from spike to spike). Although their shell is shaped like a crab shell with spikes, it is not to be confused with a crab spider.

Taken at Kadavoor, Kerala, India

[Thanks Prem (Kuttan) and Ezhil Ramalingam for the ID. Thanks all for your title suggestions.]

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  1. christabel's artworks 82 months ago | reply

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  2. abrideu 82 months ago | reply

    green fly award
    Congratulations !
    This truly is a Fantastic Insect Photograph !
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  3. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

    Great shot!

  4. CBD28 82 months ago | reply

    Vraiment un curieux spécimen...

  5. clearphotos 82 months ago | reply

    Outstanding shot!

  6. Massimiliano Teodori 82 months ago | reply

    I saw this magnificent creature In: Spectacular Insects

  7. Kupasdur 82 months ago | reply

    they're nasty..can be found here too.

  8. etfon911 [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

    Great shot of this incredible spider. Never seen one before. I do have a crab spider shot in my portfolio if you care to look, but not hardly the quality of your jewels.

  9. mustapanki 81 months ago | reply

    Wow, espectacular macro!

  10. Eric Rousset 81 months ago | reply

    Incredible bug , never seen before

  11. 頑皮天使 81 months ago | reply

    Wonderful macro

  12. jleisfotos 80 months ago | reply

    Astonishing catch!

  13. lalie sorbet 79 months ago | reply

    Beautiful gallery, great work!! Congratulations :)

  14. Globetrotter_J 78 months ago | reply

    Stunning macro!
    Very special animal.

  15. mgw_wgw 77 months ago | reply

    What a wonderful looking critter :)
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  16. Memories by Jules (not here much) 74 months ago | reply

    Great shot of the alien creature!

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