(Spiny Orb-weavers)

Gasteracantha, commonly known as Spiny Orb-weavers, is a genus of spiders in the family Araneidae. Gasteracantha spiders have been sighted 46 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Gasteracantha includes 10 countries and 10 states in the United States. Gasteracantha is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of March.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Araneidae
  • Genus: Gasteracantha

Other Common Names

Spiny Orb-weavers


Carl Jakob Sundevall, 1833

Sightings Overview

There have been 46 confirmed sightings of Gasteracantha (Spiny Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on January 3, 2019 by Spider ID member way2bizzie. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 46 sightings because of certain Gasteracantha sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 83% of the time, Gasteracantha spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 36)
  • Sex: 16 female and 2 male.
  • Environment: Gasteracantha has been sighted 38 times outdoors, and 2 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (12). Low foliage (15). High foliage (9). Open field, pasture, grassland (1). Forest (1).

Location and Range

Gasteracantha (Spiny Orb-weavers) has been sighted in the following countries: Bermuda, Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, United States, Zambia.

Gasteracantha has also been sighted in the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.


Gasteracantha has been primarily sighted during the month of March.

  • January: 7
  • February: 4
  • March: 10
  • April: 2
  • May: 4
  • June: 4
  • July: 3
  • August: 2
  • September: 1
  • October: 4
  • November: 2
  • December: 3

Gasteracantha Species

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Picture of Gasteracantha spp. (Spiny Orb-weavers) - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
Picture of Gasteracantha spp. (Spiny Orb-weavers) - Male - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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