Picture ID 172242

Picture of unidentified spider

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Taken in my La Jolla darden. It looks like it should be easy to identify but I've found nothing similar on the Internet

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  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2023
  • Photographed: Oct 12, 2004
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: La Jolla, California, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers)
  • Found in web?: No
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Orb Weaver. Aranaedae family.

Possibly Araneus sp


Yes I’ll call it Araneus species. It could be Araneus gemmoides, a Cat Face Spider, or Araneus gemma, or A. diadematus. adawson, this is a difficult angle to identify her from for someone who hasn’t done this. The photos online and in books show these spiders from dorsal or anterior planes. I don’t remember from high school Anatomy class what this plane is. 🙂 She has angulate projections (shoulder humps) that normally have a white line between them. She has it, but in the form of pale dashes. In gardens, if there is are insects infesting an individual plant the… Read more »


That’s okay, thank you. We were looking mostly at the white markings and they just aren’t distinct on this spider. The angle is fine. This technically isn’t scientific, identifying by photos. Identification of species is moving into genetic sequencing and it still is vague because there is no unanimous worldwide consensus on what the taxons (family, superfamily, genus, etc.) should be in the taxonomic tree of life.


Thanks for giving me an idea of what species this could be and for the extra information. You always posts something that teaches me something new


My vote is Araneus gemmoides. Look through the pictures, you see how diverse in appearance they can be.
Species Araneus gemmoides – Cat-Faced Spider – BugGuide.Net
(46) Arachnid Anatomy (Orb-weaving spider) – YouTube