Taxon profile


Spinybacked Orbweaver
Gasteracantha cancriformis (Linnaeus, 1758)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Arthropoda - arthropods »  class Arachnida - arachnids »  order Araneae - spiders »  family Araneidae - Orb-weaver spider »  genus Gasteracantha - Spiny orb-weaver

Scientific synonyms

Acrosoma hexacantha
Aranea cancriformis
Aranea conchata
Aranea hexacantha
Aranea tetracantha
Dicantha lata
Epeira cancer
Epeira lata
Epeira servillei
Gasteracantha biolleyi

Other names

= Crab Spider
= Crab-like Orbweaver Spider
= Crab-like Spiny Orbweaver Spider
= Jewel Box Spider
= Jewel Spider
= Smiley Face Spider
= Spiny Orbweaver Spider
= Spiny-backed Orbweaver
= Spiny-bellied Orbweaver


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Included taxa

Number of records: 2

subspecies Gasteracantha cancriformis cancriformis (Linnaeus, 1758)
subspecies Gasteracantha cancriformis gertschi Archer, 1941

Links and literature

EN Platnick N. I.: World Spider Catalog 13.5 [], American Museum of Natural History [as Gasteracantha cancriformis (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 5 May 2013
CZ Kůrka A., Kovařík F. (2003): České názvy živočichů VI. Pavoukovci (Arachnida). I. Pavouci (Araneae) a štíři (Scorpiones), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 167 pp. [as Gasteracantha cancriformis (Linné, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 11 May 2013

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