Gasteracantha
(Spiny Orb-weavers)

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Picture of Gasteracantha (Spiny Orb-weavers) - Dorsal
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TangledWeb

Hi, the big spider is a spiny orbweaver, Gasteracantha cancriformis. Did you ever find out who thought this would be funny? Or more importantly, who got into your car?

ItsyBitsy

That’s odd. I agree with Gasteracantha. Since this was encased in resin I don’t know what country the spider originally came from. The spines look a bit on the long side (like G. hasselti), it might be a different species in the genus so I just filed it to genus.

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