T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network


Orbweb spider (Ladder web Spider) Cryptaranea atrihastula

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class:  Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Infraorder:  Entelegynae
Superfamily:  Araneoidea
Family:   Araneidae
Genus:   Cryptaranea
Species:  Cryptaranea atrihastula
Common name: 
Ladder Web Spider

Cryptaranea atrihastula is a member of the cryptic orb weaver spiders found through out New Zealand.
Their overall colour can vary. They may be dark brown, green, reddish brown or black and white.

See photos on http://www.geografpix.co.nz/cryptaranea-atrihastula