This spider is more harmless than it looks. It builds a typical spider web but can cause some annoyance to those who accidentally walk into their webs that are strung up across trails and in between trees.
Spiny-backed orb-weavers are sometimes colloquially called "crab spiders" because of their shape, but they are not closely related to the true crab spiders. Other colloquial names for certain species include thorn spider, star spider, kite spider, or jewel spider. Members of the genus exhibit strong sexual dimorphism. Males are several times Class: Arachnida.
Asian Spiny Backed Spider from Hawaii. On February 10, 2010 · Category: The Guide to Common Singapore Spiders refers to this species as the Double Spotted Spiny Spider. The Hawaiian Biological Surveys section of the Bishop Museum Website also calls Gasteracantha mammosa the Asian Spinyback Spider, and indicates it is native to India and.
FIGURE 1. One of the bright-hued spiders is the spiny orb weaver, Gasteracantha cancriformis. Although not as large as some of the other orb weavers, its combined color, shape, and distinctive web makes G. cancriformis a very recognizable spider. FIGURE 2. The spiny orb weaving spider has six pointy “spines” protruding from along its side.