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I've changed the category from "Other" to "Arthropods" :)
Common name would be signature spider. I have looked at several resources and cannot find an exact match for this one. There is nothing with quite this much black in it.
Definitely an Argiope http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_%28...
Lat: 26.93, Long: 90.10
Spotted on Oct 19, 2011 Submitted on Feb 20, 2012