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Hasselt's Spiny Spider

Gasteracantha hasselti


From Wikipedia: Gasteracantha hasselti, commonly known as Hasselt's spiny spider is a species of spider belonging to the family Araneidae. It is a native of Asia, occurring from India eastwards to Indonesia. Typically of this genus, the male of this species is small and rather nondescript but the female is rather larger and very colourful. She is usually around 8 mm in length (excluding legs). The carapace has a dense covering of white hairs. The abdomen is roughly triangular and bright yellow with 12 black spots arranged in two rows along the back and six black spikes around the margin, the two at the rear corners being much the longest, straight and pointed.


Found on a trek to some waterfalls near the town of Sungai Medang, on the edge of the Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.


I'm not 100% sure that the ID is correct. The largest spines on this spider seem to turn up vertically, while on the pictures of Hasselt's Spiny Spider that I've seen, they seem to just stick out straight. Plus the legs on this spider seem more reddish than the others. But, I'm not sure if the above is just due to the lighting/angle or what. If anyone has a better idea for an ID, please let me know!

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luke.mackin 6 years ago

Thanks, all! No extra blur processing, Andres. Just adjusting contrast a bit in Lightroom.

AndresDuarte 6 years ago

Seems a correct ID to me but I'm not knowledgeable . Very nice series! did you after process to blur some background?

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Nice series.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Very nice series!

AnnvanWijgerden 6 years ago

What a wonderful photo series!

YukoChartraw 6 years ago

This is a great series! I love the photo #3, too!

luke.mackin 6 years ago

Thanks, Sachin!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Love the 3rd snap,,


Lat: -2.00, Long: 101.43

Spotted on Dec 1, 2012
Submitted on Dec 4, 2012

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