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Cyrtarachne sp.


Small spider which looks like a ladybird beetle (about the same size). Builds small web at twilight.


Found on leaves of a lime tree (citrus)


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Vijay... I feel Paraplectana coccinella will be the correct specie... which is geographically connected to North east India and recorded as per following link....

YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Very interesting!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 7 years ago

Incredible spotting!!

auntnance123 8 years ago

Simply amazing! Great spotting, Vijay.

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago


tibiprada 8 years ago

Splendid .. nice spotting !

I am very much a novice regarding spiders. However, I feel that this spider looks like a Cyrtarachne sp.

Ok. Thanks. Will inform if there is a confirmed ID.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Another discussion on similar kind spider from South America...

bayucca 8 years ago

That's always the risk with references. I am not an expert and I leave it to you. The only similar one I found was Cyrtarachne yunoharuensis. All other ones (which does not means anything) have different patterns, the shape and size is actually very similar between the 2 genus. And in this case some references are also not quite correct.

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 8 years ago

Sir, you have got some awesome spottings..! Pls add all of your spider spottings to our local mission on Indian Spiders.

I discussed the possibility of this being Paraplectana duodecimmaculata with the members of the SpiderIndia group. There are differences between the two (number of spots etc.).

Note from Sumit Chakraborti, arachnologist,
"Now let us anlyze Paraplectana duodecimmaculata. This was discovered by Simon from Palabouan, Java in 1897 as the World Spider Cat. indicate. What Simon wrote about the spider? Let me translate a distinctive line from his original work. He wrote " dorsal surface of abdomen is decorated with a dozen of semi-circular black spots (10 lateral & 2 median).
That means there are 12 spots altogether. And as taxonomic protocol is followed in naming a spider species, Simon named the spider of the genus Paraplectana as "duodecimmaculata" which means "A DOZEN SPOTS" . DEODECIM=TWELVE (12).
Paraplectana & Cyrtarchne are very closely related genus; there are very minute and critical differences at genus level."

Paraplectana sp. has not been reported in India according to the species list of the Zoological Survey of India.

KarenL 8 years ago

Awesome! What a cool spider!

ArvinMemaphu 8 years ago

wow.. :)

bayucca 8 years ago

@Vijay: There is a reference from India:

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Awesome, Vijay!!! And I thought brazilian spiders were cool...

I am really enjoying all of your spotting Vijay, and I have to say that this beautiful spotting is one of the most wonderful and mesmerizing creatures I have ever seen !

Dear bayucca, it does look like Paraplectana duodecimmaculata but I think this species has not been reported in India.

RiekoS 8 years ago

I am afraid of spiders, but this one is beautiful.

FabianYanezVargas 8 years ago

beautiful spider, this art was unknown to me.
nice greetings.

bayucca 8 years ago

Cyrtarachne sp. looks in my eyes different. I only know one spider with these typical color and spots: Paraplectana duodecimmaculata.
Need to be verified!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Great spotting... Beautiful Ladybug Mimic Spider.

Beautiful little spider, would be great to get an ID.

Assam, India

Spotted on Oct 20, 2012
Submitted on Oct 20, 2012

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