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Spined Micrathena Spider

Micrathena gracilis


A large orange spiny spider that elicits a gasp from anyone coming across this one! About 1.5 cm long. It runs rapidly from net attachment to net attachment when threatened. It also makes a large but irregular web. Reports for this species say they have 10 abdominal spines and come in a wide variety of colors from black, white, purple, yellow, orange etc. They are supposed to make CD-like webs (i.e. very compact) but the ones I've seen in this locality all have neglected webs. Micrathena species are members of the Orb Weaver Spiders.


Forest, Chorreadero Park, Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico.


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LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Thank you Michael :)

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 6 years ago

Fantastic picture.

LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Thank you Emilie, you are right! I found pictures just like mine - as well as a wild variety of other colors! Amazing how variable this species can be.

EmilieChich 6 years ago

Beautiful pics!
Micrathena gracilis?

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Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Aug 22, 2015
Submitted on Feb 18, 2016

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