Really neat looking spider!
with babies on her back
Two sharing the web of a garden orb web spider.
Gravid female collected off a rock face and identified based on the structure of its reproductive organs. Key field marks of this family are the distinctive spatula-shaped setae in their claw tufts and a tracheal spiracle located either midway up the abdomen or close to the epigastric furrow.
Collected with @karinakilldeer under permit as part of the Pinnacles Spider Inventory.
Spiders (order Araneae) are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms. Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica, and have become established in nearly every habitat with the exception of air and sea colonization. As of 2008, at least 43,678 spider species, and 109 families have been...