Belongs within: Lycosinae. The genus Lycosa has been used in the past for a diverse array of relatively large wolf spiders that construct silken burrows. It is now known to be polyphyletic in its earlier circumscriptions; the genus as currently recognised is most diverse in the western Palaearctic, but remains poorly defined and many species… Continue reading Lycosa


Belongs within: Amaurobioidea. The Cycloctenidae, scuttling spiders, are a group of free-living hunting spiders endemic to Australasia (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007). The Cycloctenidae: unassuming in Australasia The higher classification of spiders has long been a challenging subject. Sure, we’ve come a long way from the days of Clerck and Linnaeus, when every spider was included… Continue reading Cycloctenidae


Belongs within: Agelenidae. Mahura is a New Zealand genus of small, fast-moving spiders, including both cribellate and ecribellate species, that do not appear to construct a snare. <==Mahura Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–*M. turris Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–M. accola Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–M. bainhamensis Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–M. boara Forster & Wilton… Continue reading Mahura


Belongs within: Amaurobioidea.Contains: Mahura, Oramia, Tegenaria, Pireneitega, Coelotes. The Agelenidae are a cosmopolitan group of spiders that construct flat sheet-webs attached to funnel-shaped retreats (Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007). Characters (from Jocqué & Dippenaar-Schoeman 2007): Small to medium-sized araneomorph spiders; eight eyes; ecribellate; colulus paired; posterior spinnerets two-segmented, long and slender, with apical segment tapering towards tip; tarsi with… Continue reading Agelenidae


Belongs within: Cycloctenidae. Orepukia is a New Zealand genus of spiders found mostly on the forest floor, constructing formless webs under fallen debris. <==Orepukia Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–*O. sorenseni Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–O. alta Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–O. catlinensis Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–O. dugdalei Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–O. egmontensis Forster… Continue reading Orepukia


Belongs within: Stiphidiidae. Neoramia is a New Zealand genus of usually large spiders that construct webs as a formless sheet attached to a retreat. <==NeoramiaPVD10 |–*N. charybdis (Hogg 1910)PVD10 |–N. allanaePVD10 |–N. altaPVD10 |–N. childi Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–N. crucifera (Hogg 1909)PVD10 |–N. finschi (Koch 1872)PVD10 |–N. fiordensis Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–N. hoggi… Continue reading Neoramia


Belongs within: Amaurobioidea.Contains: Neoramia. Aorangia is a New Zealand genus of ground-dwelling spiders characterised by long posterior spinnerets with prominent spigots along the inner side of the distal segment. <==Stiphidiidae [Neolanidae, Stiphidiinae]JD-S07 | i. s.: Tartarus mullamullangensisJD-S07, Y95 | KababinaeWC17 | |–CarbineaWC17 | |–KababinaWC17 | |–MalarinaWC17 | `–WabuaWC17 |–Aorangia Forster & Wilton 1973WC17, PVD10 |… Continue reading Stiphidiidae


Belongs within: Desidae. Maniho is a New Zealand genus of spiders that construct small sheet webs on the forest floor under fallen logs or bark. Maniho Marples 1959PVD10 |–*M. tigris Marples 1959PVD10 |–M. australis Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–M. cantuarius Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–M. centralis Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–M. gracilisFF99 |–M. insulanus Forster… Continue reading Maniho


Belongs within: Amphinectinae. Mamoea is a New Zealand genus of species that are common on the forest floor (Paquin et al. 2010). Mamoea Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–*M. rufa (Berland 1931)PVD10 [=Rubrius rufusNS00] |–M. assimilis Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–M. bicolor (Bryant 1935)PVD10 [=Rubrius bicolorNS00] |–M. cantuaria Forster & Wilton 1973PVD10 |–M. cooki Forster &… Continue reading Mamoea


Belongs within: Desidae. Huara is a New Zealand genus of spiders characterised by a straight anterior row of eyes together with the presence of a free median apophysis on the male palp (Forster 1964). Characters (from Forster 1964): Large spiders with the anterior row of eyes straight wben viewed from in front. Legs with a… Continue reading Huara