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Green spider (Viridictyna kikkawai)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Opisthothelae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Taxon: Neocribellatae
Series: Entelegynae
Superfamily: Dictynoidea
Family:Dictynidae
Genus: Viridictyna
Species: Viridictyna kikkawai

This is small spider 3 to 4mm body length. They are hunting spiders found on leaves of shrubs in our forest and are active during the day.. They are active during the day. The genus name Viridictyna as its name implies is green in colour. This spider builds a flimsy sheetweb across the surface of a leaf. Their eggs are found as a flat silk discs on the surface of a leaf.



This small spider was found crawling on the outside of a wool sack (see weave) used to put  Tradescantia fluminensis in while weeding on the Te Hunui walkway.