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Strange Florida Spider... latin dict size=42   common dict size=512
Image Info Original File Name: Crablike_Spiny_Orb_Weaver-spider1-by_Gerry_Mantha.jpg File size : 37879 bytes File date : 2000:10:01 14:03:15 Resolution: 516x359 Jpeg process : Baseline Posted Newsgroups: Posted Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 02:14:35 GMT
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From: John White
Subject: Re: Strange Florida Spider...
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 09:41:01 -0700

Hi Gerry,

Great Shot! Your spider is a Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha
elipsoides). It's found from North Carolina to Florida and west to
California. It eats small insects.

Best Regards,

John White
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The spiny orb-weavers (genus Gasteracantha) are a type of spider. They are also commonly called Spinybacked orb-weavers, due to the prominent spines on their abdomen. These spiders can reach sizes of up to 30mm in diameter (measured from spike to spike). Although their shell is shaped like a crab shell with spikes, it is not to be confused with a crab spider.
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Gasteracantha cancriformis (the crab spider, spiny-backed orbweaver, spiny orbweaver spider, crab-like orbweaver spider, crab-like spiny orbweaver spider, jewel spider, spiny-bellied orbweaver, jewel box spider or smiley face spider) is a species of spider.
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is the Spiny Orb Weaver venomous?
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