Thursday, 11 December 2014

7 Weird And Freaky Gasteracantha Spiders

Gasteracantha is a genus of small spiders containing more than 50 species that look nothing like your everyday spider. Some look like they came right from hell, some look like alien-spaceships and some are...simply weird.

Despite their frightening appearance, all species are harmless to humans. Some of them do bite (e.g. Gasteracantha cancriformis) but the bite is barely painful. The spines may puncture human skin and cause some slight pain, but again, nothing major.

So, without further ado, let's see 7 of the weirdest and freakiest Gasteracantha representatives!

1. Long Horn Spider (Gasteracantha dalyi)

The devil horned Gasteracantha dalyi
Gasteracantha dalyi
Credit: L. Shyamal

2. Another devil-horned spider (Gasteracantha arcuata)

Black Gasteracantha arcuata from Bangladesh
Black Gasteracantha arcuata, in Lawachhora forest, Shrimangal, Bangladesh.
Credit: Raiyan

3. Long-winged kite spider (Gasteracantha versicolor) 

 Long-winged kite spider (Gasteracantha versicolor ) in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve in Kloof
 Long-winged kite spider in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve in Kloof
Credit: JMK

A female white-red Long-winged kite spider
Female Long-winged kite spider
Credit: JMK
4. The star spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis)

a yellow star spider with black spines
Photo taken at the entrance of Pasir Ris Park, Singapore.
Credit: giovzaid85
Star spider with red spines and black-white body
Photo taken in Hermando, Florida
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The star spider is also known as the spiny orb-weaver 

5. Gasteracantha falcicornis

G. falcicornis with yellow-purple body and black spines
Female G. falcicornis
Credit: Nick Hobgood

G. falcicornis with a primarily red body and black spines
Credit: Nick Hobgood 

6. Gasteracantha geminata

 black and white G. geminata with some purple and yellow spots
Gasteracantha geminata
Credit: Kadavoor

7. Hasselt's spiny spider (Gasteracantha hasselti)

Hasselt's spiny spider, yellow body, black spines
Photo taken at the Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
Credit: Rushenb

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