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Spiny orb weaver

Gasteracantha sp.

Description:

The size of this was about 1 cm. It was very active. First photo is taken with a flash, the rest without.

Habitat:

High altitude mixed forrest and meadowland, dry season. It was found next to a waterhole.

Notes:

Mbuluzi Game Reserve, Swaziland

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15 Comments

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Haha. Thanks Bay! There are quite a lot of this particular kind of spider around here. I would be very happy to have the correct ID. I cant remember from where I got the ID of this one in the first place. I trust your gut-feeling!

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

I am a little bit sceptic with Gasteracantha sp., but only a little bit...
See my comment on this one:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/185...
I still think it is a Gasteracanthinae, but all of the Gastercantha sp. I know from RSA looks quite different. The box-like shape and the regularity of the spikes would indicate more Isoxya sp. and the most common one, the Bisquit Kite Spider looks from these points being quite a good match. But not from the colors and the "deepness" of the grooves. Kate has an expert around and she will ask him or her about her/his thought about hers. I know that these spiders might be quite variable, but looking at other Isoxya there is within the species quite an agreement about colors and markings. So it could be a not so known Isoxya or Gasteroxya?? Some other genus?? There are more around!
So I would be happy if you are correct with your ID and I am wrong, but best for my happiness would be the correct species.
Stay tuned! I just a have a strange feeling in my guts (or is it my diet?) ;-)...

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

This I know Tiz and am very thankful for especially on all my travels :-)

Tiz
Tiz 8 years ago

You are a very lucky woman!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

hahaha Tiz...mosquitoes don't like me so I didn't get bitten but they absolutely love my Mum much to her dismay!!

Tiz
Tiz 8 years ago

Thank you for the lovely words Debbie. I wish you a great weekend, and don't scratch those finnish mosquito bites too much :P I hope to see a spotting of one of them :D

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

Beautiful spider Tiz, you have some lovely spottings :-)

Tiz
Tiz 8 years ago

Thank you Jemma and Lauren :)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Beautiful Spider with extra spines, I really like your first and last photos!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

nice one Tiz.

Tiz
Tiz 8 years ago

Thank you all for the comments. I am sorry for the bad quality in pic 4-5, but I think they could be important for a possible ID. Have a great day all of you!

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Very nice series.

injica
injica 8 years ago

Wonderful :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Fantastic series!

beaker98
beaker98 8 years ago

Very cool little spider. Nice series!

Tiz
Spotted by
Tiz

Sifundza seLubombo, Swaziland

Spotted on Jul 27, 2013
Submitted on Aug 1, 2013

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