Oriental spiny orb-weaver

Gasteracantha geminata

''Gasteracantha geminata'' is a species of spider of the genus ''Gasteracantha'', found in India and Sri Lanka. It is known as the oriental spiny orb-weaver.
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Appearance

Rather than possessing sexual dimorphism, both male and female have black and white transverse bands on the abdomen. Abdomen has three pairs of long stout lateral spines. The female of the species is characterized by having a highly sclerotized "spiny" abdomen, which is a common feature of the genus. Female also has varying numbers of sigillae in both dorsal and ventral abdominal surfaces. Male is somewhat smaller than the female and with lesser coloration and abdominal spines.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassArachnida
OrderAraneae
FamilyAraneidae
GenusGasteracantha
SpeciesG. geminata
Photographed in
Sri Lanka