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Found this in my garden today in Sydney, Australia (specifically Lane Cove). Can you tell me what it is?

spider from above spider from below

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you get a close up shot of the top? $\endgroup$ – dustin Apr 18 '15 at 3:10
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I believe it is a Garden Orb Weaver spider. The Australian garden orb weaver, Eriophora transmarina, has a strikingly similar body

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_garden_orb_weaver_spider#/media/File:Eriophora_transmarina.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_garden_orb_weaver_spider#/media/File:Orb_weaver_black_bckgrnd03_crop.jpg

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    $\begingroup$ Haha, yours is WAY closer than mine! You have to cut me a break though, this is my first attempted species-identification. Perhaps I should delete my answer to spare myself the humiliation... all the same, great job. +1 $\endgroup$ – CDB Apr 18 '15 at 3:33
  • $\begingroup$ @CDB thanks. Species identification can be difficult but it is fun to play detective. $\endgroup$ – dustin Apr 18 '15 at 4:41
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It looks like Neoscona Crucifera to me, but I could be wrong.

Here is a picture of her:

Another one, only this is more of the web:

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  • $\begingroup$ wrong continent for Neoscona crucifera, which is found in the US and Mexico. $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist May 2 '17 at 17:03

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