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Verrucosa

Verrucosa genus of the orb-weaver family has 45 species in total as per the April 2019 records. The majority of them inhabit parts of South America, while the arrowhead orb-weaver is the only species of this genus dwelling in the United States.

Verrucosa Spider

Spider Belonging to this Genus

Arrowhead (Verrucosa arenata)Verrucosa alvarengaiVerrucosa apuela
Verrucosa arenataVerrucosa avilesaeVerrucosa bartica
Verrucosa benavidesaeVerrucosa brachiscapaVerrucosa cachimbo
Verrucosa cajamarcaVerrucosa canindeVerrucosa canje
Verrucosa cararaVerrucosa chanchamayoVerrucosa coroico
Verrucosa cuyabenoensisVerrucosa cuyuniVerrucosa cylicophora
Verrucosa excavata Verrucosa floreziVerrucosa galianoae
Verrucosa guatopoVerrucosa hoferiVerrucosa lampra
Verrucosa lataVerrucosa latigastraVerrucosa levii
Verrucosa macarenaVerrucosa manauaraVerrucosa meridionalis
Verrucosa metaVerrucosa oponVerrucosa pedrera
Verrucosa ranchoVerrucosa reticulataVerrucosa rhea
Verrucosa scapofractaVerrucosa septemmammataVerrucosa sergipana
Verrucosa silvaeVerrucosa simlaVerrucosa suaita
Verrucosa tarapoaVerrucosa tuberculataVerrucosa undecimvariolata
Verrucosa zebra  

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: The exact size of all the species of this genus remains unrecorded, with one varying from the other. For instance, the arrowhead spider (Verrucosa arenata) ranges from 0.15 – 5.5 inches (0.4 – 1.4 cm) in length, with females being larger than males.

Scientific Classification

Color: From red to beige, spiders belonging to this genus have a wide range of coloration.

Other Characteristic Features: Their abdomen generally exhibits colorful patterns.

Eggs

Round and small eggs are encased in a silken sac.

Spiderlings

Spiderlings usually leave the sac in the following spring to live on their own.

The Web

These spiders make spiral webs during the day and eat them up at night.

Are Spiders of the Verrucosa Genus Venomous

Most spiders of this genus are not regarded harmful with their bites causing nothing more than mild pain or redness.

Quick Facts

Distribution South and North America
Habitat Leaves and grasslands
Predators Birds and wasps
Diet Insects
Lifespan Around 1 year

Did You Know

  • Henry McCook, an American naturalist, first described the species in 1888.

Image Credits: static.inaturalist.org

Verrucosa genus of the orb-weaver family has 45 species in total as per the April 2019 records. The majority of them inhabit parts of South America, while the arrowhead orb-weaver is the only species of this genus dwelling in the United States.

Verrucosa Spider

Spider Belonging to this Genus

Arrowhead (Verrucosa arenata)Verrucosa alvarengaiVerrucosa apuela
Verrucosa arenataVerrucosa avilesaeVerrucosa bartica
Verrucosa benavidesaeVerrucosa brachiscapaVerrucosa cachimbo
Verrucosa cajamarcaVerrucosa canindeVerrucosa canje
Verrucosa cararaVerrucosa chanchamayoVerrucosa coroico
Verrucosa cuyabenoensisVerrucosa cuyuniVerrucosa cylicophora
Verrucosa excavata Verrucosa floreziVerrucosa galianoae
Verrucosa guatopoVerrucosa hoferiVerrucosa lampra
Verrucosa lataVerrucosa latigastraVerrucosa levii
Verrucosa macarenaVerrucosa manauaraVerrucosa meridionalis
Verrucosa metaVerrucosa oponVerrucosa pedrera
Verrucosa ranchoVerrucosa reticulataVerrucosa rhea
Verrucosa scapofractaVerrucosa septemmammataVerrucosa sergipana
Verrucosa silvaeVerrucosa simlaVerrucosa suaita
Verrucosa tarapoaVerrucosa tuberculataVerrucosa undecimvariolata
Verrucosa zebra  

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: The exact size of all the species of this genus remains unrecorded, with one varying from the other. For instance, the arrowhead spider (Verrucosa arenata) ranges from 0.15 – 5.5 inches (0.4 – 1.4 cm) in length, with females being larger than males.

Color: From red to beige, spiders belonging to this genus have a wide range of coloration.

Other Characteristic Features: Their abdomen generally exhibits colorful patterns.

Eggs

Round and small eggs are encased in a silken sac.

Spiderlings

Spiderlings usually leave the sac in the following spring to live on their own.

The Web

These spiders make spiral webs during the day and eat them up at night.

Are Spiders of the Verrucosa Genus Venomous

Most spiders of this genus are not regarded harmful with their bites causing nothing more than mild pain or redness.

Quick Facts

Distribution South and North America
Habitat Leaves and grasslands
Predators Birds and wasps
Diet Insects
Lifespan Around 1 year

Did You Know

  • Henry McCook, an American naturalist, first described the species in 1888.

Image Credits: static.inaturalist.org

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