Spiny Orbweaver from Puerto Rico: Micrathena militaris

Evil looking Spider
Location: Sub tropical wet forest, Patillas, Puerto Rico
December 6, 2010 2:54 pm
Thanx for helping with ID on this unusual spider…
Signature: 3t

Spiny Orbweaver: Micrathena militaris

Dear 3t,
We found a Alberto Lopez’s Photostream of wildlife from Puerto Rico, and he identified this Spiny Orbweaver as Micrathena militaris.  We found other references to that name, but no photos on scientific websites to confirm the identification.

Hi Daniel:

I checked the Levi (1985) paper that I referenced with the previous Micrathena identification (Colombia) and M. militaris looks good.  The species is native to Cuba, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Regards. Karl

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