Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Black tunnelweb spider

Photo by Dru Burger

Photo by Dru Burger

Porrhothele antipodiana (Walckenaer)

Order: Araneae
Family: Hexathelidae

Size range

  • Large, bulky spider. Body length about 24 mm


  • A New Zealand species

Life History

  • Lives in tunnel lined with web, under stones or logs
  • Vibrations of the sheet of silk at tunnel entrance alert the spider to insects nearby