Orb-Weaver Spider - Thelacantha brevispina
Small sized Spider of less than 1 cm in size, this Thelacantha brevispina Spider seems to be fairly common and widely distributed from Madagascar to Australia and most part of Asia. Not sure if its 'local' to Tahiti or introdued.
There is only one single species placed under the genus Thelacantha.
''Thelacantha'' is a genus of orb-weaver spiders containing the single species, ''Thelacantha brevispina''. It was first described by A. W. M. van Hasselt in 1882, and has been found in Australia, Madagascar, and across southern Asia from India to Philippines, including Japan. It has also been introduced into Hawaii. ''T. brevispina'' is closely related those in the genus ''Gasteracantha'', and was briefly synonymized with it in 1859, but revalidated in 1974. Saito described three other ''Thelacantha''.. more