Picture ID 31724

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

I saw this spider in the forest, it was hanging out inside a rounded leaf. The size was impressive, and doesn't its abdomen remind you of a mushroom?

Haven't been able to identify, can you help me?

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  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Photographed: Aug 6, 2018
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Sainte-Geneviève-de-Berthier, Quebec, Canada
  • Spotted Outdoors: High foliage (includes trees and tree trunks),Forest
  • Found in web?: No
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maybe Araneus displicata


I have seen a very similar looking spider in a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86tp3asD9kM) the one from this video is called a Cat-faced Spider (Araneus gemmoides). I am not an expert or anything, but I assume this is the same species.


Looking at her again, she may be Araneus trifolium, a Shamrock Orbweaver. Araneus gemmoides had bumps on the shoulder area. There is a lot of variety within each orbweaver species. Yours is very pale. We only identify spider species that can be identified from a photograph. This one is will probably end up just identified to genus Araneus because there isn’t enough certainty for the species level of taxonomy. Or there may still be an answer from someone more experienced than I am.


What you are saying makes complete sense and I agree with it. There is an immense variety for orbweavers, and I think that what you said is in fact the best way to proceed to accurately identify such species.