Picture ID 49367

Picture of unidentified spider
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  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2018
  • Photographed: Nov 29, 2018
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Lagos., Nigeria
  • Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Hi, not a monstrosity, not an alien…it’s a spiny-backed orbweaver, Gasteracantha cancreformis. If I saw one and hadn’t seen one online first, I would be yelling to everyone to come look at this freaky thing! This species comes in different bright colors too, like red, black, yellow, blue, and white. They each have six spiny projections on their bodies. We have them in North America too, which seems strange for something that looks so tropical. We usually get the more drab colored animals here.