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Neoscona crucifera

(Barn Spider)

Overview

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Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Barn Spider, Orb Weavers

Description

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Family Araneidae

Orb weavers comprise a huge family of spiders, of which there are several hundred species in North America. These spiders vary greatly in color, shape and size, measuring between 2 - 30mm (1/16 -- 1 1/4") long. They have eight eyes arranged in two horizontal rows of four eyes each. The males are generally much smaller than the females and commonly lack the showy coloring of their fairer sex. They often spin their own smaller orb web near an outlying portion of the female's, and I've noticed most males give the females wide berth. Indeed, I rarely see male orb weavers, they are so reclusive. [1]

Habitat

Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 2,998 meters (0 to 9,836 feet).[2]

Taxonomy

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Synonyms

Aranea crucifera albimaculata Strand • Epeira crucifera Keyserling • Epeira domiciliorum Emerton • Epeira hentzii Keyserling • Epeira lentiginosa Blackwall • Neoscona arkansa Chamberlin & Ivie • Neoscona benjamina Comstock • Neoscona hentzi Kaston • Neoscona nebraskensis Chamberlin & Ivie • Neoscona sacra Chamberlin & Ivie

Notes

Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 05-Jan-2008

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Neoscona

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 5 species and subspecies in this genus:

N. arabesca (Orb Weaver Spider) · N. crucifera (Barn Spider) · N. domiciliorum (Orb Weaver) · N. nautica (Brown Sailor Spider) · N. rufofemorata (Brown-Legged Spider)

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Notes

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Contributors

Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal January 09, 2008:

Identifiers

Footnotes

  1. http://bugguide.net/index.php?q=search&keys=Basilica&search=Search [back]
  2. Mean = 1,324.930 meters (4,346.883 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,058.550 based on 96 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2014-11-16