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Cyrtophora moluccensis
(Dome Tent Spider)

Picture ID 13351

Picture of Cyrtophora moluccensis (Dome Tent Spider) - Dorsal

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I have never seen this before.. Its web is strong .

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BugmanDan

Hi. This is an orb weaver, something similar to St.Andrews cross spider. I should remember for having tagged these in the past. One of the Argiope genus.
They are venomous and capable of biting, not likely worse than a bee sting.
Welcome to the site.

ItsyBitsy

Hi, welcome to Spider ID. πŸ™‚ This is a Tent Spider, tentatively looks like Cyrtophora moluccensis.

ItsyBitsy

I see the distribution listed as “India to Japan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Fiji, Tonga, French Polynesia”. Info pages here:
http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_weavers/TentSpiders.htm
http://www.findaspider.org.au/find/spiders/104.htm

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