Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Orb-web Spiders

Family Araneidae

This is a family in the superfamily Araneoidea. They are called orb-web spiders as they spin the spiral web that we are so familiar with. The family contains species such as St Andrew's Cross Spiders and Spiny Spiders, as well as the Golden Web Spiders (subfamily Nephilinae).

  1. Scarlet Acusilas Acusilas coccineus
  2. Flat Anepsion Anepsion depressium
  3. Scorpion Spider Arachnura sp
  4. Araneus anaspastus
  5. Araneus inustus
  6. Kidney Garden Spider Araneus mitificus
  7. Araneus noegeatus
  8. Oval St Andrew's Cross Spider Argiope aemula
  9. Mangrove St Andrew's Cross Spider Argiope mangal
  10. Multi-coloured St Andrew's Cross Spider Argiope versicolor
  11. Caerostris sumatrana
  12. Long-bellied Cyclosa Cyclosa bifida
  13. Cyclosa centrodes
  14. Cyclosa confraga
  15. Island Cyclosa Cyclosa insulana
  16. Cyclosa micula
  17. Cyclosa mulmeinensis
  18. Cyclosa nigra
  19. Cyclosa pellaxoides
  20. Cyrtarachne conica
  21. Beccari's Tent Spider Cyrtophora beccarii
  22. Cyrtophora cicatrosa
  23. Cyrtophora citricola
  24. Cyrtophora cylindroides
  25. Cyrtophora eczematica
  26. Double-tailed Tent Spider Cyrtophora exanthematica
  27. Cyrtophora moluccensis
  28. Red Tent Spider Cyrtophora unicolor
  29. Laglaise's Garden Spider Eriovixia laglaisei
  30. Curved Spiny Spider Gasteracantha arcuata
  31. Gasteracantha diardi
  32. Doria's Spiny Spider Gasteracantha doriae
  33. Hasselt's Spiny Spider Gasteracantha hasseltii
  34. Black-and-white Spiny Spider Gasteracantha kuhlii
  35. Gasteracantha mengei
  36. Gasteracantha picta
  37. Gea spinipes
  38. Gea subarmata
  39. Heurodes porculus
  40. Heurodes turritus
  41. Milonia albula
  42. Milonia obtusa
  43. Neogea egregia
  44. Neogea nocticolor
  45. Neoscona bengalensis
  46. Brown Sailor Spider Neoscona nautica
  47. Neoscona punctigera
  48. Brown-legged Spider Neoscona rufofemorata
  49. Ordgarius sexspinosus
  50. Common Garden Spider Parawixia dehaani
  51. Poltys apiculatus
  52. Tree-stump Spider Poltys illepidus
  53. Singa perpolita
  54. Double-spotted Spiny Spider Thelacantha brevispina
  55. Capped Black-headed Spider Zygiella calyptrata
  56. Zygiella nadleri

Tent Spider (Cyrtophora sp.)

These spiders are so called because they build tent-like webs.

Cyrtophora sp. at Turut Track ©Steven Chong

St Andrew's Cross Spider (Argiope sp.)

These spiders are so called because they form a cross when at rest in their web.

Argiope versicolor at Chestnut Trail ©Eddy Lee

Laglaise's Garden Spider (Eriovixia laglaisei)

This is a common garden spider. The female has a much larger pentagonal abdomen compared to the thorax. The male on the other hand has the thorax slightly larger than the pentagonal abdomen.

Male at Chestnut Trail ©Eddy Lee

Spiny Spider (Gasteracantha sp.)

Spiny spiders are so called for the spikes on their back. The female Hasselt's Spiny Spider is a distinctive spider with black spots and spikes on a yellow back; a black head; and red/orange legs with black bands.

Gasteracantha sp. ©Eddy Lee

Female at Chestnut Trail. Mating pair with food and opportunistic flies ©Eddy Lee