Something old, something New – Australian spiders in New Zealand

Phil Sirvid *1, Cor Vink 2

1 Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa PO Box 467, Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
2 AgResearch, Cnr Springs Road & Gerald Street, Linc and Lincoln University Entomology Research Museum

It should come as no surprise to learn that the majority of non-endemic spiders in New Zealand are shared with Australia, but the relationships between the Australian and New Zealand faunas are deeper and older than that. In this talk we take a look at the historical relationships between the spider faunas of Australia and New Zealand, recently arrived Australian species and the potential for establishment by others.

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