Araneus

Araneus genus, a part of the orb-weaver family, has around 650 species, of which the prominent ones include the barn spider and the European garden spider. The name Epeira initially used to describe the genus is now considered as its junior synonym.

Araneus Spider

Scientific Classification

List of Spiders Belonging to this Genus

  • Araneus aballensis
  • Araneus abeicus
  • Araneus abigeatus
  • Araneus acachmenus
  • Araneus acolla
  • Araneus acrocephalus
  • Araneus acronotus
  • Araneus acropygus
  • Araneus acuminatus
  • Araneus acusisetus
  • Araneus adiantiformis
  • Araneus adjuntaensis
  • Araneus aethiopicus
  • Araneus aethiopissa
  • Araneus affinis
  • Araneus agastus
  • Araneus akakensis
  • Araneus aksuensis
  • Araneus albabdominalis
  • Araneus albiaculeis
  • Araneus albidus
  • Araneus albilunatus
  • Araneus albomaculatus
  • Araneus alboquadratus
  • Araneus albotriangulus
  • Araneus alboventris
  • Araneus alhue
  • Araneus allani
  • Araneus alsine
  • Araneus altitudinum
  • Araneus amabilis
  • Araneus amblycyphus
  • Araneus amygdalaceus
  • Araneus ana
  • Araneus anantnagensis
  • Araneus anaspastus
  • Araneus anatipes
  • Araneus ancurus
  • Araneus andrewsi
  • Araneus anguinifer
  • Araneus angulatus
  • Araneus anjonensis
  • Araneus annuliger
  • Araneus annulipes
  • Araneus apache
  • Araneus apicalis
  • Araneus apiculatus
  • Araneus apobleptus
  • Araneus appendiculatus
  • Araneus apricus
  • Araneus aragua
  • Araneus aralis
  • Araneus arenaceus
  • Araneus arfakianus
  • Araneus arganicola
  • Araneus argentarius
  • Araneus arizonensis
  • Araneus asiaticus
  • Araneus aubertorum
  • Araneus aurantiifemuris
  • Araneus auriculatus
  • Araneus axacus
  • Araneus badiofoliatus
  • Araneus badongensis
  • Araneus bagamoyensis
  • Araneus baicalicus
  • Araneus balanus
  • Araneus bandelieri
  • Araneus bantaengi
  • Araneus bargusinus
  • Araneus basalteus
  • Araneus bastarensis
  • Araneus baul
  • Araneus beebei
  • Araneus beijiangensis
  • Araneus biapicatifer
  • Araneus bicavus
  • Araneus bicentenarius
  • Araneus bigibbosus
  • Araneus bihamulus
  • Araneus bilunifer
  • Araneus bimaculicollis
  • Araneus bimini
  • Araneus biprominens
  • Araneus bipunctatus
  • Araneus bipunctatus
  • Araneus bispinosus
  • Araneus bivittatus
  • Araneus blaisei
  • Araneus blochmanni
  • Araneus blumenau
  • Araneus boerneri
  • Araneus boesenbergi
  • Araneus bogotensis
  • Araneus boneti
  • Araneus bonsallae
  • Araneus borealis
  • Araneus boreus
  • Araneus bosmani
  • Araneus braueri
  • Araneus brisbanae
  • Araneus bryantae
  • Araneus bufo
  • Araneus caballo
  • Araneus calusa
  • Araneus camilla
  • Araneus canacus
  • Araneus canalae
  • Araneus caplandensis
  • Araneus carabellus
  • Araneus carchi
  • Araneus cardioceros
  • Araneus carimagua
  • Araneus carnifex
  • Araneus carroll
  • Araneus castilho
  • Araneus catillatus
  • Araneus catospilotus
  • Araneus caudifer
  • Barn (Araneus cavaticus)
  • Araneus celebensis
  • Araneus cercidius
  • Araneus cereolus
  • Araneus chiapas
  • Araneus chiaramontei
  • Araneus chingaza
  • Araneus chunhuaia
  • Araneus chunlin
  • Araneus cingulatus
  • Araneus circe
  • Araneus circellus
  • Araneus circulissparsus
  • Araneus circumbasilaris
  • Araneus coccinella
  • Araneus cochise
  • Araneus cohnae
  • Araneus colima
  • Araneus colubrinus
  • Araneus compsus
  • Araneus comptus
  • Araneus concepcion
  • Araneus concoloratus
  • Araneus corbita
  • Araneus corporosus
  • Araneus corticaloides
  • Araneus corticarius
  • Araneus crinitus
  • Araneus crispulus
  • Araneus cristobal
  • Araneus cuiaba
  • Araneus cyclops
  • Araneus cyrtarachnoides
  • Araneus daozhenensis
  • Araneus dayongensis
  • Araneus decaisnei
  • Araneus decentellus
  • Araneus decolor
  • Araneus decoratus
  • Araneus demoniacus
  • Araneus depressatulus
  • Araneus desierto
  • Araneus detrimentosus
  • Araneus diabrosis
  • Araneus diadematoides
  • Cross Orb Weaver (Araneus diadematus)
  • Araneus dianiphus
  • Araneus diffinis
  • Araneus dimidiatus
  • Araneus diversicolor
  • Araneus doenitzellus
  • Araneus dofleini
  • Araneus dospinolongus
  • Araneus dreisbachi
  • Araneus drygalskii
  • Araneus ealensis
  • Araneus eburneiventris
  • Araneus ejusmodi
  • Araneus elatatus
  • Araneus elizabethae
  • Araneus ellipticus
  • Araneus elongatus
  • Araneus emmae
  • Araneus enucleatus
  • Araneus enyoides
  • Araneus excavatus
  • Araneus expletus
  • Araneus exsertus
  • Araneus falcatus
  • Araneus fastidiosus
  • Araneus favorabilis
  • Araneus faxoni
  • Araneus fengshanensis
  • Araneus ferganicus
  • Araneus ferrugineus
  • Araneus fictus
  • Araneus finneganae
  • Araneus fishoekensis
  • Araneus fistulosus
  • Araneus flagelliformis
  • Araneus flavisternis
  • Araneus flavopunctatus
  • Araneus flavosellatus
  • Araneus flavosignatus
  • Araneus flavus
  • Araneus floriatus
  • Araneus formosellus
  • Araneus frio
  • Araneus fronki
  • Araneus frosti
  • Araneus fulvellus
  • Araneus fuscinotus
  • Araneus gadus
  • Araneus galero
  • Araneus gazerti
  • Araneus geminatus
  • Araneus gemma
  • Cat-Faced (Araneus gemmoides)
  • Araneus gerais
  • Araneus gestrellus
  • Araneus gestroi
  • Araneus gibber
  • Araneus ginninderranus
  • Araneus goniaeoides
  • Araneus goniaeus
  • Araneus graemii
  • Araneus granadensis
  • Araneus granti
  • Araneus gratiolus
  • Araneus groenlandicola
  • Araneus grossus
  • Araneus guandishanensis
  • Araneus guatemus
  • Araneus guerrerensis
  • Araneus guessfeldi
  • Araneus gundlachi
  • Araneus gurdus
  • Araneus guttatus
  • Araneus guttulatus
  • Araneus habilis
  • Araneus haematomerus
  • Araneus hamiltoni
  • Araneus hampei
  • Araneus haploscapellus
  • Araneus haruspex
  • Araneus herbeus
  • Araneus hierographicus
  • Araneus himalayanus
  • Araneus hirsti
  • Araneus hirsutulus
  • Araneus hispaniola
  • Araneus holzapfelae
  • Araneus horizonte
  • Araneus hortensis
  • Araneus hoshi
  • Araneus hotteiensis
  • Araneus huahun
  • Araneus hui
  • Araneus huixtla
  • Araneus humilis
  • Araneus idoneus
  • Araneus iguacu
  • Araneus illaudatus
  • Araneus indistinctus
  • Araneus inquietus
  • Araneus interjectus
  • Araneus inustus
  • Araneus iriomotensis
  • Araneus isabella
  • Araneus ishisawai
  • Araneus iviei
  • Araneus jalisco
  • Araneus jamundi
  • Araneus juniperi
  • Araneus kalaharensis
  • Araneus kapiolaniae
  • Araneus karissimbicus
  • Araneus kerr
  • Araneus kirgisikus
  • Araneus kiwuanus
  • Araneus klaptoczi
  • Araneus koepckeorum
  • Araneus komi
  • Araneus kraepelini
  • Araneus lacrymosus
  • Araneus ladschicola
  • Araneus lamperti
  • Araneus lancearius
  • Araneus lanio
  • Araneus lateriguttatus
  • Araneus lathyrinus
  • Araneus latirostris
  • Araneus leai
  • Araneus lechugalensis
  • Araneus legonensis
  • Araneus lenkoi
  • Araneus lenzi
  • Araneus leones
  • Araneus liae
  • Araneus liber
  • Araneus liberalis
  • Araneus liberiae
  • Araneus licenti
  • Araneus lineatipes
  • Araneus lineatus
  • Araneus linshuensis
  • Araneus lintatus
  • Araneus linzhiensis
  • Araneus lithyphantiformis
  • Araneus lixicolor
  • Araneus loczyanus
  • Araneus lodicula
  • Araneus longicaudus
  • Araneus luteofaciens
  • Araneus lutulentus
  • Araneus macacus
  • Araneus macleayi
  • Araneus madagascaricus
  • Araneus mamillanus
  • Araneus mammatus
  • Araneus mangarevoides
  • Araneus margaritae
  • Araneus margitae
  • Araneus mariposa
  • Marbled Orb-weaver (Araneus marmoreus)
  • Araneus marmoroides
  • Araneus masculus
  • Araneus masoni
  • Araneus mastersi
  • Araneus matogrosso
  • Araneus mauensis
  • Araneus mayumiae
  • Araneus mazamitla
  • Araneus mbogaensis
  • Araneus memoryi
  • Araneus mendoza
  • Araneus menglunensis
  • Araneus meropes
  • Araneus mertoni
  • Araneus metalis
  • Araneus metellus
  • Araneus meus
  • Araneus miami
  • Araneus microsoma
  • Araneus microtuberculatus
  • Araneus mimosicola
  • Araneus minahassae
  • Araneus miniatus
  • Araneus minutalis
  • Araneus miquanensis
  • Araneus missouri
  • Araneus mitificus
  • Araneus monica
  • Araneus monoceros
  • Araneus montereyensis
  • Araneus moretonae
  • Araneus mortoni
  • Araneus morulus
  • Araneus mossambicanus
  • Araneus motuoensis
  • Araneus mulierarius
  • Araneus musawas
  • Araneus myurus
  • Araneus nacional
  • Araneus nashoba
  • Araneus necopinus
  • Araneus nephelodes
  • Araneus nidus
  • Araneus nigmanni
  • Araneus nigricaudus
  • Araneus nigrodecoratus
  • Araneus nigroflavornatus
  • Araneus nigromaculatus
  • Araneus nigropunctatus
  • Araneus nigroquadratus
  • Araneus niveus
  • Araneus noegeatus
  • Araneus nojimai
  • Araneus nordmanni
  • Araneus nossibeus
  • Araneus notacephalus
  • Araneus notandus
  • Araneus noumeensis
  • Araneus novaepommerianae
  • Araneus nox
  • Araneus nuboso
  • Araneus nympha
  • Araneus obscurissimus
  • Araneus obscurtus
  • Araneus obtusatus
  • Araneus ocaxa
  • Araneus ocellatulus
  • Araneus octodentalis
  • Araneus octumaculalus
  • Araneus ogatai
  • Araneus omnicolor
  • Araneus orgaos
  • Araneus origenus
  • Araneus oxygaster
  • Araneus oxyurus
  • Araneus paenulatus
  • Araneus pahalgaonensis
  • Araneus pahli
  • Araneus paitaensis
  • Araneus pallasi
  • Araneus pallescens
  • Araneus pallidus
  • Araneus panchganiensis
  • Araneus panniferens
  • Araneus papulatus
  • Araneus partitus
  • Araneus parvulus
  • Araneus parvus
  • Araneus pauxillus
  • Araneus pavlovi
  • Araneus pecuensis
  • Araneus pegnia
  • Araneus pellax
  • Araneus penai
  • Araneus pentagrammicus
  • Araneus perincertus
  • Araneus petersi
  • Araneus pfeifferae
  • Araneus phaleratus
  • Araneus phlyctogena
  • Araneus phyllonotus
  • Araneus pichoni
  • Araneus pico
  • Araneus pictithorax
  • Araneus pinguis
  • Araneus pistiger
  • Araneus pius
  • Araneus plenus
  • Araneus pogisa
  • Araneus poltyoides
  • Araneus polydentatus
  • Araneus pontii
  • Araneus popaco
  • Araneus postilena
  • Araneus poumotuus
  • Araneus praedatus
  • Araneus praesignis
  • Araneus prasius
  • Araneus pratensis
  • Araneus principis
  • Araneus pronubus
  • Araneus prospiciens
  • Araneus providens
  • Araneus prunus
  • Araneus pseudoconicus
  • Araneus pseudosturmii
  • Araneus pseudoventricosus
  • Araneus psittacinus
  • Araneus pudicus
  • Araneus puebla
  • Araneus pulcherrimus
  • Araneus pulchriformis
  • Araneus punctipedellus
  • Araneus pupulus
  • Araneus purus
  • Araneus qianshan
  • Araneus quadratus
  • Araneus quietus
  • Araneus quirapan
  • Araneus rabiosulus
  • Araneus radja
  • Araneus ragnhildae
  • Araneus rainbowi
  • Araneus ramulosus
  • Araneus rani
  • Araneus rarus
  • Araneus raui
  • Araneus recherchensis
  • Araneus relicinus
  • Araneus repetecus
  • Araneus riveti
  • Araneus roseomaculatus
  • Araneus rotundicornis
  • Araneus rotundulus
  • Araneus royi
  • Araneus rubicundulus
  • Araneus rubrivitticeps
  • Araneus rufipes
  • Araneus russicus
  • Araneus ryukyuanus
  • Araneus saccalava
  • Araneus saevus
  • Araneus sagicola
  • Araneus salto
  • Araneus sambava
  • Araneus santacruziensis
  • Araneus santarita
  • Araneus savesi
  • Araneus schneblei
  • Araneus schrencki
  • Araneus scutellatus
  • Araneus scutifer
  • Araneus scutigerens
  • Araneus selva
  • Araneus seminiger
  • Araneus senicaudatus
  • Araneus separatus
  • Araneus septemtuberculatus
  • Araneus sernai
  • Araneus shunhuangensis
  • Araneus sicki
  • Araneus simillimus
  • Araneus singularis
  • Araneus sinistrellus
  • Araneus sogdianus
  • Araneus spathurus
  • Araneus speculabundus
  • Araneus sponsus
  • Araneus squamifer
  • Araneus stabilis
  • Araneus stella
  • Araneus stolidus
  • Araneus strandiellus
  • Araneus striatipes
  • Araneus strigatellus
  • Araneus strupifer
  • Araneus sturmi
  • Araneus suavis
  • Araneus subflavidus
  • Araneus subumbrosus
  • Araneus sulfurinus
  • Araneus svanetiensis
  • Araneus sydneyicus
  • Araneus sylvicola
  • Araneus taigunensis
  • Araneus talasi
  • Araneus talca
  • Araneus talipedatus
  • Araneus tambopata
  • Araneus tamerlani
  • Araneus taperae
  • Araneus tartaricus
  • Araneus tatianae
  • Araneus tatsulokeus
  • Araneus tellezi
  • Araneus tenancingo
  • Araneus tenerius
  • Araneus tengxianensis
  • Araneus tepic
  • Araneus tetraspinulus
  • Araneus texanus
  • Araneus thaddeus
  • Araneus thevenoti
  • Araneus thorelli
  • Araneus tiganus
  • Araneus tijuca
  • Araneus tinikdikitus
  • Araneus titirus
  • Araneus toma
  • Araneus tonkinus
  • Araneus toruaigiri
  • Araneus transversivittiger
  • Araneus transversus
  • Araneus triangulus
  • Araneus tricoloratus
  • Shamrock Orb Weaver (Araneus trifolium)
  • Araneus trigonophorus
  • Araneus triguttatus
  • Araneus tschuiskii
  • Araneus tsurusakii
  • Araneus tubabdominus
  • Araneus tuscarora
  • Araneus ubicki
  • Araneus unanimus
  • Araneus uniformis
  • Araneus unistriatus
  • Araneus urbanus
  • Araneus urquharti
  • Araneus ursimorphus
  • Araneus uruapan
  • Araneus urubamba
  • Araneus usualis
  • Araneus uyemurai
  • Araneus v-notatus
  • Araneus variegatus
  • Araneus varpunen
  • Araneus venatrix
  • Araneus ventricosus
  • Araneus ventriosus
  • Araneus vermimaculatus
  • Araneus villa
  • Araneus vincibilis
  • Araneus viperifer
  • Araneus virgunculus
  • Araneus virgus
  • Araneus viridisomus
  • Araneus viridiventris
  • Araneus viridulus
  • Araneus volgeri
  • Araneus vulpinus
  • Araneus vulvarius
  • Araneus walesianus
  • Araneus washingtoni
  • Araneus wokamus
  • Araneus woodfordi
  • Araneus workmani
  • Araneus wulongensis
  • Araneus xavantina
  • Araneus xianfengensis
  • Araneus xizangensis
  • Araneus yadongensis
  • Araneus yapingensis
  • Araneus yasudai
  • Araneus yatei
  • Araneus yoshitomii
  • Araneus yuanminensis
  • Araneus yukon
  • Araneus yunnanensis
  • Araneus yuzhongensis
  • Araneus zapallar
  • Araneus zebrinus
  • Araneus zelus
  • Araneus zhangmu
  • Araneus zhaoi
  • Araneus zuluanus
  • Araneus zygielloides

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are around 1 in (2.54 cm) and males are maximum 0.3 in (0.76 cm).

Color: Brown or tan-colored bodies with black, white, and brown-banded legs.

Other Characteristic Features: Male spiders have longer legs and smaller but more elongated abdomen than females. The pedipalps of male spiders have noodles with a hook-shape. The external genital structure of female spiders has a long appendage.

Eggs

Female spiders make a silken sac and lays about 100 eggs in them.

Spiderlings

The eggs overwinter and hatch afterward. Spiderlings of many species are yellow. Following sibling cannibalism and survival, the spiderlings make a single silk strand and disperse through the process of “ballooning.”

The Web

The spiders of this genus mostly make a spiral or wheel-shaped webs like most orb-weavers.

Are Spiders of Araneus Genus Venomous

Some species of the genus have mild venom that does not cause any harm to humans, though. They can even inflict a dry bite (without any venom) that is not harmful but requires medical treatment.

Quick Facts

Distribution America, Asia, and Africa
Habitat Under woods and leaf litters
Diet Insects and other spiders
Web Type Orb web
Lifespan Around 1 year

Did You Know

  • Jewel spider (Araneus gemmoides), a species of this genus, is known to change its color according to the seasons.
  • Swedish arachnologist, and entomologist Carl Alexander Clerck described this genus in 1757.
  • A short documentary, Epeira diadema based on the European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) belonging to this genus, was in the nomination for Oscar in 1953. It was directed by Alberto Ancilotto, an Itialian director.
  • Male spiders often play dead to defend themselves from predators.

Image Credits: commons.wikimedia.org

Araneus genus, a part of the orb-weaver family, has around 650 species, of which the prominent ones include the barn spider and the European garden spider. The name Epeira initially used to describe the genus is now considered as its junior synonym.

Araneus Spider

List of Spiders Belonging to this Genus

  • Araneus aballensis
  • Araneus abeicus
  • Araneus abigeatus
  • Araneus acachmenus
  • Araneus acolla
  • Araneus acrocephalus
  • Araneus acronotus
  • Araneus acropygus
  • Araneus acuminatus
  • Araneus acusisetus
  • Araneus adiantiformis
  • Araneus adjuntaensis
  • Araneus aethiopicus
  • Araneus aethiopissa
  • Araneus affinis
  • Araneus agastus
  • Araneus akakensis
  • Araneus aksuensis
  • Araneus albabdominalis
  • Araneus albiaculeis
  • Araneus albidus
  • Araneus albilunatus
  • Araneus albomaculatus
  • Araneus alboquadratus
  • Araneus albotriangulus
  • Araneus alboventris
  • Araneus alhue
  • Araneus allani
  • Araneus alsine
  • Araneus altitudinum
  • Araneus amabilis
  • Araneus amblycyphus
  • Araneus amygdalaceus
  • Araneus ana
  • Araneus anantnagensis
  • Araneus anaspastus
  • Araneus anatipes
  • Araneus ancurus
  • Araneus andrewsi
  • Araneus anguinifer
  • Araneus angulatus
  • Araneus anjonensis
  • Araneus annuliger
  • Araneus annulipes
  • Araneus apache
  • Araneus apicalis
  • Araneus apiculatus
  • Araneus apobleptus
  • Araneus appendiculatus
  • Araneus apricus
  • Araneus aragua
  • Araneus aralis
  • Araneus arenaceus
  • Araneus arfakianus
  • Araneus arganicola
  • Araneus argentarius
  • Araneus arizonensis
  • Araneus asiaticus
  • Araneus aubertorum
  • Araneus aurantiifemuris
  • Araneus auriculatus
  • Araneus axacus
  • Araneus badiofoliatus
  • Araneus badongensis
  • Araneus bagamoyensis
  • Araneus baicalicus
  • Araneus balanus
  • Araneus bandelieri
  • Araneus bantaengi
  • Araneus bargusinus
  • Araneus basalteus
  • Araneus bastarensis
  • Araneus baul
  • Araneus beebei
  • Araneus beijiangensis
  • Araneus biapicatifer
  • Araneus bicavus
  • Araneus bicentenarius
  • Araneus bigibbosus
  • Araneus bihamulus
  • Araneus bilunifer
  • Araneus bimaculicollis
  • Araneus bimini
  • Araneus biprominens
  • Araneus bipunctatus
  • Araneus bipunctatus
  • Araneus bispinosus
  • Araneus bivittatus
  • Araneus blaisei
  • Araneus blochmanni
  • Araneus blumenau
  • Araneus boerneri
  • Araneus boesenbergi
  • Araneus bogotensis
  • Araneus boneti
  • Araneus bonsallae
  • Araneus borealis
  • Araneus boreus
  • Araneus bosmani
  • Araneus braueri
  • Araneus brisbanae
  • Araneus bryantae
  • Araneus bufo
  • Araneus caballo
  • Araneus calusa
  • Araneus camilla
  • Araneus canacus
  • Araneus canalae
  • Araneus caplandensis
  • Araneus carabellus
  • Araneus carchi
  • Araneus cardioceros
  • Araneus carimagua
  • Araneus carnifex
  • Araneus carroll
  • Araneus castilho
  • Araneus catillatus
  • Araneus catospilotus
  • Araneus caudifer
  • Barn (Araneus cavaticus)
  • Araneus celebensis
  • Araneus cercidius
  • Araneus cereolus
  • Araneus chiapas
  • Araneus chiaramontei
  • Araneus chingaza
  • Araneus chunhuaia
  • Araneus chunlin
  • Araneus cingulatus
  • Araneus circe
  • Araneus circellus
  • Araneus circulissparsus
  • Araneus circumbasilaris
  • Araneus coccinella
  • Araneus cochise
  • Araneus cohnae
  • Araneus colima
  • Araneus colubrinus
  • Araneus compsus
  • Araneus comptus
  • Araneus concepcion
  • Araneus concoloratus
  • Araneus corbita
  • Araneus corporosus
  • Araneus corticaloides
  • Araneus corticarius
  • Araneus crinitus
  • Araneus crispulus
  • Araneus cristobal
  • Araneus cuiaba
  • Araneus cyclops
  • Araneus cyrtarachnoides
  • Araneus daozhenensis
  • Araneus dayongensis
  • Araneus decaisnei
  • Araneus decentellus
  • Araneus decolor
  • Araneus decoratus
  • Araneus demoniacus
  • Araneus depressatulus
  • Araneus desierto
  • Araneus detrimentosus
  • Araneus diabrosis
  • Araneus diadematoides
  • Cross Orb Weaver (Araneus diadematus)
  • Araneus dianiphus
  • Araneus diffinis
  • Araneus dimidiatus
  • Araneus diversicolor
  • Araneus doenitzellus
  • Araneus dofleini
  • Araneus dospinolongus
  • Araneus dreisbachi
  • Araneus drygalskii
  • Araneus ealensis
  • Araneus eburneiventris
  • Araneus ejusmodi
  • Araneus elatatus
  • Araneus elizabethae
  • Araneus ellipticus
  • Araneus elongatus
  • Araneus emmae
  • Araneus enucleatus
  • Araneus enyoides
  • Araneus excavatus
  • Araneus expletus
  • Araneus exsertus
  • Araneus falcatus
  • Araneus fastidiosus
  • Araneus favorabilis
  • Araneus faxoni
  • Araneus fengshanensis
  • Araneus ferganicus
  • Araneus ferrugineus
  • Araneus fictus
  • Araneus finneganae
  • Araneus fishoekensis
  • Araneus fistulosus
  • Araneus flagelliformis
  • Araneus flavisternis
  • Araneus flavopunctatus
  • Araneus flavosellatus
  • Araneus flavosignatus
  • Araneus flavus
  • Araneus floriatus
  • Araneus formosellus
  • Araneus frio
  • Araneus fronki
  • Araneus frosti
  • Araneus fulvellus
  • Araneus fuscinotus
  • Araneus gadus
  • Araneus galero
  • Araneus gazerti
  • Araneus geminatus
  • Araneus gemma
  • Cat-Faced (Araneus gemmoides)
  • Araneus gerais
  • Araneus gestrellus
  • Araneus gestroi
  • Araneus gibber
  • Araneus ginninderranus
  • Araneus goniaeoides
  • Araneus goniaeus
  • Araneus graemii
  • Araneus granadensis
  • Araneus granti
  • Araneus gratiolus
  • Araneus groenlandicola
  • Araneus grossus
  • Araneus guandishanensis
  • Araneus guatemus
  • Araneus guerrerensis
  • Araneus guessfeldi
  • Araneus gundlachi
  • Araneus gurdus
  • Araneus guttatus
  • Araneus guttulatus
  • Araneus habilis
  • Araneus haematomerus
  • Araneus hamiltoni
  • Araneus hampei
  • Araneus haploscapellus
  • Araneus haruspex
  • Araneus herbeus
  • Araneus hierographicus
  • Araneus himalayanus
  • Araneus hirsti
  • Araneus hirsutulus
  • Araneus hispaniola
  • Araneus holzapfelae
  • Araneus horizonte
  • Araneus hortensis
  • Araneus hoshi
  • Araneus hotteiensis
  • Araneus huahun
  • Araneus hui
  • Araneus huixtla
  • Araneus humilis
  • Araneus idoneus
  • Araneus iguacu
  • Araneus illaudatus
  • Araneus indistinctus
  • Araneus inquietus
  • Araneus interjectus
  • Araneus inustus
  • Araneus iriomotensis
  • Araneus isabella
  • Araneus ishisawai
  • Araneus iviei
  • Araneus jalisco
  • Araneus jamundi
  • Araneus juniperi
  • Araneus kalaharensis
  • Araneus kapiolaniae
  • Araneus karissimbicus
  • Araneus kerr
  • Araneus kirgisikus
  • Araneus kiwuanus
  • Araneus klaptoczi
  • Araneus koepckeorum
  • Araneus komi
  • Araneus kraepelini
  • Araneus lacrymosus
  • Araneus ladschicola
  • Araneus lamperti
  • Araneus lancearius
  • Araneus lanio
  • Araneus lateriguttatus
  • Araneus lathyrinus
  • Araneus latirostris
  • Araneus leai
  • Araneus lechugalensis
  • Araneus legonensis
  • Araneus lenkoi
  • Araneus lenzi
  • Araneus leones
  • Araneus liae
  • Araneus liber
  • Araneus liberalis
  • Araneus liberiae
  • Araneus licenti
  • Araneus lineatipes
  • Araneus lineatus
  • Araneus linshuensis
  • Araneus lintatus
  • Araneus linzhiensis
  • Araneus lithyphantiformis
  • Araneus lixicolor
  • Araneus loczyanus
  • Araneus lodicula
  • Araneus longicaudus
  • Araneus luteofaciens
  • Araneus lutulentus
  • Araneus macacus
  • Araneus macleayi
  • Araneus madagascaricus
  • Araneus mamillanus
  • Araneus mammatus
  • Araneus mangarevoides
  • Araneus margaritae
  • Araneus margitae
  • Araneus mariposa
  • Marbled Orb-weaver (Araneus marmoreus)
  • Araneus marmoroides
  • Araneus masculus
  • Araneus masoni
  • Araneus mastersi
  • Araneus matogrosso
  • Araneus mauensis
  • Araneus mayumiae
  • Araneus mazamitla
  • Araneus mbogaensis
  • Araneus memoryi
  • Araneus mendoza
  • Araneus menglunensis
  • Araneus meropes
  • Araneus mertoni
  • Araneus metalis
  • Araneus metellus
  • Araneus meus
  • Araneus miami
  • Araneus microsoma
  • Araneus microtuberculatus
  • Araneus mimosicola
  • Araneus minahassae
  • Araneus miniatus
  • Araneus minutalis
  • Araneus miquanensis
  • Araneus missouri
  • Araneus mitificus
  • Araneus monica
  • Araneus monoceros
  • Araneus montereyensis
  • Araneus moretonae
  • Araneus mortoni
  • Araneus morulus
  • Araneus mossambicanus
  • Araneus motuoensis
  • Araneus mulierarius
  • Araneus musawas
  • Araneus myurus
  • Araneus nacional
  • Araneus nashoba
  • Araneus necopinus
  • Araneus nephelodes
  • Araneus nidus
  • Araneus nigmanni
  • Araneus nigricaudus
  • Araneus nigrodecoratus
  • Araneus nigroflavornatus
  • Araneus nigromaculatus
  • Araneus nigropunctatus
  • Araneus nigroquadratus
  • Araneus niveus
  • Araneus noegeatus
  • Araneus nojimai
  • Araneus nordmanni
  • Araneus nossibeus
  • Araneus notacephalus
  • Araneus notandus
  • Araneus noumeensis
  • Araneus novaepommerianae
  • Araneus nox
  • Araneus nuboso
  • Araneus nympha
  • Araneus obscurissimus
  • Araneus obscurtus
  • Araneus obtusatus
  • Araneus ocaxa
  • Araneus ocellatulus
  • Araneus octodentalis
  • Araneus octumaculalus
  • Araneus ogatai
  • Araneus omnicolor
  • Araneus orgaos
  • Araneus origenus
  • Araneus oxygaster
  • Araneus oxyurus
  • Araneus paenulatus
  • Araneus pahalgaonensis
  • Araneus pahli
  • Araneus paitaensis
  • Araneus pallasi
  • Araneus pallescens
  • Araneus pallidus
  • Araneus panchganiensis
  • Araneus panniferens
  • Araneus papulatus
  • Araneus partitus
  • Araneus parvulus
  • Araneus parvus
  • Araneus pauxillus
  • Araneus pavlovi
  • Araneus pecuensis
  • Araneus pegnia
  • Araneus pellax
  • Araneus penai
  • Araneus pentagrammicus
  • Araneus perincertus
  • Araneus petersi
  • Araneus pfeifferae
  • Araneus phaleratus
  • Araneus phlyctogena
  • Araneus phyllonotus
  • Araneus pichoni
  • Araneus pico
  • Araneus pictithorax
  • Araneus pinguis
  • Araneus pistiger
  • Araneus pius
  • Araneus plenus
  • Araneus pogisa
  • Araneus poltyoides
  • Araneus polydentatus
  • Araneus pontii
  • Araneus popaco
  • Araneus postilena
  • Araneus poumotuus
  • Araneus praedatus
  • Araneus praesignis
  • Araneus prasius
  • Araneus pratensis
  • Araneus principis
  • Araneus pronubus
  • Araneus prospiciens
  • Araneus providens
  • Araneus prunus
  • Araneus pseudoconicus
  • Araneus pseudosturmii
  • Araneus pseudoventricosus
  • Araneus psittacinus
  • Araneus pudicus
  • Araneus puebla
  • Araneus pulcherrimus
  • Araneus pulchriformis
  • Araneus punctipedellus
  • Araneus pupulus
  • Araneus purus
  • Araneus qianshan
  • Araneus quadratus
  • Araneus quietus
  • Araneus quirapan
  • Araneus rabiosulus
  • Araneus radja
  • Araneus ragnhildae
  • Araneus rainbowi
  • Araneus ramulosus
  • Araneus rani
  • Araneus rarus
  • Araneus raui
  • Araneus recherchensis
  • Araneus relicinus
  • Araneus repetecus
  • Araneus riveti
  • Araneus roseomaculatus
  • Araneus rotundicornis
  • Araneus rotundulus
  • Araneus royi
  • Araneus rubicundulus
  • Araneus rubrivitticeps
  • Araneus rufipes
  • Araneus russicus
  • Araneus ryukyuanus
  • Araneus saccalava
  • Araneus saevus
  • Araneus sagicola
  • Araneus salto
  • Araneus sambava
  • Araneus santacruziensis
  • Araneus santarita
  • Araneus savesi
  • Araneus schneblei
  • Araneus schrencki
  • Araneus scutellatus
  • Araneus scutifer
  • Araneus scutigerens
  • Araneus selva
  • Araneus seminiger
  • Araneus senicaudatus
  • Araneus separatus
  • Araneus septemtuberculatus
  • Araneus sernai
  • Araneus shunhuangensis
  • Araneus sicki
  • Araneus simillimus
  • Araneus singularis
  • Araneus sinistrellus
  • Araneus sogdianus
  • Araneus spathurus
  • Araneus speculabundus
  • Araneus sponsus
  • Araneus squamifer
  • Araneus stabilis
  • Araneus stella
  • Araneus stolidus
  • Araneus strandiellus
  • Araneus striatipes
  • Araneus strigatellus
  • Araneus strupifer
  • Araneus sturmi
  • Araneus suavis
  • Araneus subflavidus
  • Araneus subumbrosus
  • Araneus sulfurinus
  • Araneus svanetiensis
  • Araneus sydneyicus
  • Araneus sylvicola
  • Araneus taigunensis
  • Araneus talasi
  • Araneus talca
  • Araneus talipedatus
  • Araneus tambopata
  • Araneus tamerlani
  • Araneus taperae
  • Araneus tartaricus
  • Araneus tatianae
  • Araneus tatsulokeus
  • Araneus tellezi
  • Araneus tenancingo
  • Araneus tenerius
  • Araneus tengxianensis
  • Araneus tepic
  • Araneus tetraspinulus
  • Araneus texanus
  • Araneus thaddeus
  • Araneus thevenoti
  • Araneus thorelli
  • Araneus tiganus
  • Araneus tijuca
  • Araneus tinikdikitus
  • Araneus titirus
  • Araneus toma
  • Araneus tonkinus
  • Araneus toruaigiri
  • Araneus transversivittiger
  • Araneus transversus
  • Araneus triangulus
  • Araneus tricoloratus
  • Shamrock Orb Weaver (Araneus trifolium)
  • Araneus trigonophorus
  • Araneus triguttatus
  • Araneus tschuiskii
  • Araneus tsurusakii
  • Araneus tubabdominus
  • Araneus tuscarora
  • Araneus ubicki
  • Araneus unanimus
  • Araneus uniformis
  • Araneus unistriatus
  • Araneus urbanus
  • Araneus urquharti
  • Araneus ursimorphus
  • Araneus uruapan
  • Araneus urubamba
  • Araneus usualis
  • Araneus uyemurai
  • Araneus v-notatus
  • Araneus variegatus
  • Araneus varpunen
  • Araneus venatrix
  • Araneus ventricosus
  • Araneus ventriosus
  • Araneus vermimaculatus
  • Araneus villa
  • Araneus vincibilis
  • Araneus viperifer
  • Araneus virgunculus
  • Araneus virgus
  • Araneus viridisomus
  • Araneus viridiventris
  • Araneus viridulus
  • Araneus volgeri
  • Araneus vulpinus
  • Araneus vulvarius
  • Araneus walesianus
  • Araneus washingtoni
  • Araneus wokamus
  • Araneus woodfordi
  • Araneus workmani
  • Araneus wulongensis
  • Araneus xavantina
  • Araneus xianfengensis
  • Araneus xizangensis
  • Araneus yadongensis
  • Araneus yapingensis
  • Araneus yasudai
  • Araneus yatei
  • Araneus yoshitomii
  • Araneus yuanminensis
  • Araneus yukon
  • Araneus yunnanensis
  • Araneus yuzhongensis
  • Araneus zapallar
  • Araneus zebrinus
  • Araneus zelus
  • Araneus zhangmu
  • Araneus zhaoi
  • Araneus zuluanus
  • Araneus zygielloides

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are around 1 in (2.54 cm) and males are maximum 0.3 in (0.76 cm).

Color: Brown or tan-colored bodies with black, white, and brown-banded legs.

Other Characteristic Features: Male spiders have longer legs and smaller but more elongated abdomen than females. The pedipalps of male spiders have noodles with a hook-shape. The external genital structure of female spiders has a long appendage.

Eggs

Female spiders make a silken sac and lays about 100 eggs in them.

Spiderlings

The eggs overwinter and hatch afterward. Spiderlings of many species are yellow. Following sibling cannibalism and survival, the spiderlings make a single silk strand and disperse through the process of “ballooning.”

The Web

The spiders of this genus mostly make a spiral or wheel-shaped webs like most orb-weavers.

Are Spiders of Araneus Genus Venomous

Some species of the genus have mild venom that does not cause any harm to humans, though. They can even inflict a dry bite (without any venom) that is not harmful but requires medical treatment.

Quick Facts

Distribution America, Asia, and Africa
Habitat Under woods and leaf litters
Diet Insects and other spiders
Web Type Orb web
Lifespan Around 1 year

Did You Know

  • Jewel spider (Araneus gemmoides), a species of this genus, is known to change its color according to the seasons.
  • Swedish arachnologist, and entomologist Carl Alexander Clerck described this genus in 1757.
  • A short documentary, Epeira diadema based on the European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) belonging to this genus, was in the nomination for Oscar in 1953. It was directed by Alberto Ancilotto, an Itialian director.
  • Male spiders often play dead to defend themselves from predators.

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