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Dec 7, 2011 6:35 PM

Spider photo taken - coral Bay Cyprus

Anyone know what this is?

 

I saw it when I was on my way to drop of my daughter at play school.

 

I just had to go back and bring my camera

 

It was sitting in the middle of It's web when i first saw it.

 

When i got back it was rushing to get away, i picked it up with a stick, and placed it back in the web when the pictures was taken.

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    Dec 7, 2011 9:38 PM (in response to Zyriak)
    Re: Spider photo taken - coral Bay Cyprus

    Hello there.

    I think this is another Araneus diadematus or quadratus like the red specimen you found on the banana farm a few weeks ago. They are very interesting in that they both have very similar, sparse markings if  not colours and I wonder if they are a particular Cypriot type. 

    Lewis                       

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        Dec 7, 2011 10:37 PM (in response to Zyriak)
        Re: Spider photo taken - coral Bay Cyprus

        Hello there.

        Yes, although quite closely related the Cat Faced Spider Araneus gemmoides (which I keep confusing with  Cyrtophora citricola I saw on Corfu two years ago) has the 'Klingon' bumps on its abdomen. I am quite often reminded that I am not a spider expert and I wonder if someone like Jaguarondi might be able to cast any light on local variation in spider types and colouring.

        Lewis

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          Dec 7, 2011 11:24 PM (in response to Lewis)
          Re: Spider photo taken - coral Bay Cyprus
          Hi Lewis & Zyriak - my first thought too was Araneus diadematus though I'm not familiar with gemmoides - is that found in Europe? Anyway, pictures of it on the internet don't suggest to me that it's the correct ID. I don't know of a spider list for Cyprus but the one I found for Crete lists only one Araneus species and it's diadematus. I did wonder if it was possible to zoom in on the epigyne and see if it resembles diadematus
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            Dec 7, 2011 11:58 PM (in response to jaguarondi)
            Re: Spider photo taken - coral Bay Cyprus

            Hello there.

            I have done my best, but I'm not sure if it will do.

            Lewis

             

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