Spider & Bug in Danum Valley Borneo
May 18, 2010
We have recently returned from a trip to Sabah and in the rainforest we spotted a really odds spider and a large bug – can you help us identify what they are?
Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo

Spiny Crab Orbweaver

Hi Sam,
We quickly identified your spectacular spider as Spiny Crab Orbweaver, Gasteracantha arcuata, on the Gallery of Spider Species of Borneo website.  The only information is that it is “the most famous spiny crab orbweaver from Borneo.”  The Guide to Common Singapore Spider website calls it the Curved Spiny Spider and indicates:  “Spiders of the Gasteracantha genus build vertical orb-webs with an open hub which are easily recognised. They have a hard, flat body armed with three pairs of spines on the edge of the abdomen. The spinnerets are elevated on a large projection and surrounded by a sclerotised ring-like structure
” and that is is recorded from “Singapore (new record), East Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand , Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India.”  Your second identification request is some species of Katydid, but the photo is too blurry to be able to identify the species.

Hi that’s great.  Thank you so much for your help!

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