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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