Subject: Interesting Kenyan Spider
September 17, 2014 10:25 am
What kind of spider is this? We live in Machakos, Kenya. He looks to be half crab.
Signature: Marc Jordan
Dear Marc Jordan,
This appears to be an Orbweaver in the genus Gasteracantha, and North American members of the genus are known as Crablike Spiny Orbweavers. We located a very similar looking individual from Tanzania on FlickR, but it is only identified to the genus level and another image on FlickR is identified as possibly Gasteracantha versicolor. According to the images on Encyclopedia of Life, it is a highly variable species. Thorn Spider appears to be an accepted common name.