Story: Evolution of plants and animals

Black tunnel-web spider (3rd of 3)

Black tunnel-web spider

Only about 10% of New Zealand spiders are Mygalomorphs, which are a primitive group of spiders. Most New Zealand spiders are the more advanced Araneomorphs. The Mygalomorph group includes some of the more spectacular large spiders such as the black tunnel-web spider (Porrhothele antipodiana) which is related to tunnel-web spiders in Australia. New Zealand has about 1,100 named species of spiders, most of which are endemic (only found in New Zealand).

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Photograph by Simon Pollard

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Matt McGlone, 'Evolution of plants and animals - Split from Gondwana', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12423/black-tunnel-web-spider (accessed 18 October 2017)

Story by Matt McGlone, published 24 Sep 2007