Spiny Orbweaver from Ghana: Gasteracantha curvispina

Subject: Spider in Ghana
Location: Accra, Ghana
March 28, 2014 3:02 pm
Just found this in a web in our backyard in Accra. Hopefully this is an interesting one for you as I’d appreciate any information you can provide.
Signature: Accraexpat

Spiny Orbweaver
Spiny Orbweaver

Dear Accraexpat,
This is a Spiny Orbweaver in the family Araneidae.  It looks very much like this image of
Gasteracantha curvispina that is pictured on Dijitalimaj.  There is another image on Wikipedia Commons.  Orbweavers are not considered dangerous, and though large specimens might bite a person if carelessly handled, they are very reluctant to bite.

1 thought on “Spiny Orbweaver from Ghana: Gasteracantha curvispina”

  1. Thanks for the information I accidentally stumbled on this orb weaver 2 days ago. parked my car near a tree, to be honest I was aware of the bug, im assuming My Afro picked it up when I came back to my car, I didn’t realize till I started driving. Oh man was panicking, but I parked picked up the Orb weaver put it in a plastic bottle and dropped her off in some shrubs by the road then the end. Ps no animals were harmed during this process and no pollution occurred thank ya.


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