Araneus

Formerly known as the “Epeira,” this is a genus of around 650 spiders who are classified as orb weavers. The spiders of the genus are sexually dimorphic.

Araneus Spider

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 than female spiders. The abdomen of male spiders is smaller in size, but more elongated in shape 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 egg sacs for laying around 100 eggs.

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 through the process of “ballooning,” they disperse.

The Web

The spiders make orb-shaped webs in closed places.

Are Spiders of Araneus Genus Venomous

Some species of the genus have mild venom that can not cause any harm to people. Their bite, however, is dry, but that too is not fatal, but medical assistance should be followed if required.

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

  • The color of one of the species of the genus Araneus gemmoides changes in winter.
  • A short documentary, Epeira diadema based on a species Araneus diadematus, belonging to this genus, was in the nomination for Oscar.
  • Male spiders often play dead to defend themselves from predators.

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Formerly known as the “Epeira,” this is a genus of around 650 spiders who are classified as orb weavers. The spiders of the genus are sexually dimorphic.

Araneus Spider

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 than female spiders. The abdomen of male spiders is smaller in size, but more elongated in shape 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 egg sacs for laying around 100 eggs.

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 through the process of “ballooning,” they disperse.

The Web

The spiders make orb-shaped webs in closed places.

Are Spiders of Araneus Genus Venomous

Some species of the genus have mild venom that can not cause any harm to people. Their bite, however, is dry, but that too is not fatal, but medical assistance should be followed if required.

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

  • The color of one of the species of the genus Araneus gemmoides changes in winter.
  • A short documentary, Epeira diadema based on a species Araneus diadematus, belonging to this genus, was in the nomination for Oscar.
  • Male spiders often play dead to defend themselves from predators.

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