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Black Spiny Orb Weaver  Austracantha minax,Christmas spider,Papua New Guinea,Spider,black,orb weaver,spiny orb weaver Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

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  1. Maybe Austracantha minax? Posted 2 years ago
    1. Looks good:

      Melanistic form of Jewel spider - Austracantha minax  Austracantha minax,Australia,Christmas spider,Eamw spiders,Geotagged,Summer
      Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago
      1. Yes that is Austracantha Minax.It is a melanistic form which can be found in Autumn. Posted 2 years ago
  2. I saw this one in a tree next to my bus stop this morning! Couldn’t take a good photo of it. I tried googling it but was hard to find another picture of a fully black spiny back orbweaver! Very cool! Although I live in South Carolina? Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago

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"Austracantha" is a genus of spider with a single species, "Austracantha minax". It is a member of the family Araneidae and is endemic to Australia. They are relatively small spiders, reaching a maximum total body length of only around 12 mm for females, and 5 mm for males. Their abdomen has six distinctive projections that makes them easy to identify.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Christine Young
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