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Cryptachaea veruculata
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Scientific classification

Theridion veruculatum
Theridion nigrofolium
Achaearanea veruculatum

Cryptachaea veruculata is a spider native to Australia and New Zealand. It has been introduced into England and Belgium. The species has potential to control spider mites and leafroller caterpillars in New Zealand.


Females reach a body size of about 4 mm, males only about 1.5 mm. They sometimes build small webs in flowers and green vegetation, but will also build webs in corners of the outer walls of buildings.


This species was moved from genus Achaearanea in 2008.


Common names include Diamond Comb-footed Spider. In New Zealand, it is also known as just "cobweb spider".

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