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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Curved Spiny Spider
Gasteracantha arcuata (Fabricius) 1793
close-up showing spines Female
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. Classification: Family Araneidae, Orb-Web Spiders.
Habitat: In Singapore, the spider can be found only among tree branches on Bukit Timah Hill.
Female: 10 mm.
Distribution: Singapore (new record), East Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand , Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India.
  From "A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by British Petroleum
© 2000 Joseph K H Koh