(Spiny Orb-weavers)

Gasteracantha, commonly known as Spiny Orb-weavers, is a genus of spiders in the family Araneidae. Gasteracantha spiders have been sighted 40 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Gasteracantha includes 10 countries and 9 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 40 confirmed sightings of Gasteracantha (Spiny Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on October 8, 2018 by Spider ID member smlcml. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 40 sightings because of certain Gasteracantha sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 83% of the time, Gasteracantha spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 30)
  • Sex: 16 female and 2 male.
  • Environment: Gasteracantha has been sighted 32 times outdoors, and 1 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (10). Low foliage (15). High foliage (5). 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, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.


Gasteracantha has been primarily sighted during the month of March.

  • January: 6
  • February: 4
  • March: 10
  • April: 2
  • May: 4
  • June: 4
  • July: 3
  • August: 2
  • September:
  • October: 4
  • November: 1
  • December:

Gasteracantha Species

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