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Argiope argentata
A. argentata, dorsal view
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Argiope
Species: A. argentata
Binomial name
Argiope argentata
(Fabricius, 1775)

Aranea argentata
Aranea mammeata
Aranea mammata
Epeira mammata
Argyopes argentatus
Argyopes fenestrinus
Epeira argentata
Epeira amictoria
Plectana sloanii
Epeira gracilis
Argiope carinata
Acrosoma sloanii
Argyopes maronicus
Argyopes subtilis
Argyopes hirtus
Argiope waughi
Araneus gracilis
Micrathena sloanei
Argiope submaronica
Gea panamensis
Micrathena sloani
Argiope coyunii
Argiope filiargentata
Argiope filinfracta
Singa gracilis
Aranea gracilenta
Argiope indistincta
Argiope hirta

Argiope argentata is a member of the Argiope genus of spiders and is also known as the Silver Argiope.



ventral view
straight view

As with most members of the Argiope genus the female of the species tends to be much larger than the male. The body of Argiope argentata tends to be primarily silver with brown and orange colorations further back on the abdomen on the top, with a primarily brown underbelly. The legs have bands of orange, black and silver. The female can be up to 35mm in length whereas the male tends to be 20mm or less.


Argiope argentata is found from southern California to Florida extending down as far as Argentina, though preferring to stay in warmer, dryer areas. They can often be found on prickly pears in the fall.


The bite can be stingy and itchy during the first approximate hour, then the pain usually passes away. However, it may have several health repercussions on children, seniors and physically weak people.


  1. SDNHM - San Diego Natural History Museum - pictures and descriptions
  2. UCI - University of California Irvine, Biology - good pictures

External links



Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Argiope argentata


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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Classis: Arachnida
Ordo: Araneae
Subordo: Opisthothelae
Infraordo: Araneomorphae
Taxon: Neocribellatae
Series: Entelegynae
Superfamilia: Araneoidea
Familia: Araneidae
Subfamilia: Argiopinae
Genus: Argiope
Species: Argiope argentata


Argiope argentata (Fabricius, 1775)


  • Aranea argentata Fabricius, 1775
  • Argiope carinata L. Koch, 1871
  • Argyopes hirtus Taczanowski, 1879
  • Argiope waughi Simon, 1896
  • Argiope submaronica Strand, 1916
  • Gea panamensis Chamberlin, 1917
  • Argiope cuyunii Hingston, 1932
  • Argiope filiargentata Hingston, 1932
  • Argiope filinfracta Hingston, 1932
  • Aranea gracilenta Roewer, 1942 (replacement name)
  • Argiope indistincta Mello-Leitão, 1944


  • Fabricius, J. C. 1775. Systema entomologiae, sistens insectorum classes, ordines, genera, species, adiectis, synonymis, locis descriptionibus observationibus. Flensburg and Lipsiae, 832 pp. (Araneae, pp. 431-441). [433]
  • Platnick, N. I. 2008. The World Spider Catalog, version 9.0. American Museum of Natural History. [1]

Vernacular names

Wikimedia Commons For more multimedia, look at Argiope argentata on Wikimedia Commons.


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