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Cephalothorax: Bright pinkish orange. Dark brown round the ocular region. Setae round edge. Fovea recurved.

Abdomen: Small, dark brown, with traces of pattern like female.

Chelicera: Three large teeth on inside of groove. Four small ones on outside.

Palp: Bulb tapering to curved pointed tip. No marked alveolus. (Pl. 58, Fig. 59.)

Legs: 4123. No marked row of spines on tarsus and metatarsus I and II as in the females. Process on tibia I. (Pl. 58, Fig. 66.)

Maxilla: No spines, orange scopula anteriorly. (Pl. 55, Fig. 15.)

Labium: No spines. Covered with setae.

Sternum: Two sigillae covered with setae. (Pl. 55, Fig. 15.)

Venter: Dark brown. Lung books and genital operculum lighter.

Eyes: f.r. recurved. h.r. recurved. f.m.e. x 1 diameter apart and x 1 diameter from f.l.e. The h.l.e. x 1 diameter from f.l.e. The h.m.e. of pearly lustre x ½ diameter from h.l.e.

Dimensions: cl. = 3.0 mm. cb. = 3.0 mm. al. = 3.5 mm. ab. = 2.0 mm.

Hogg (loc. cit.) in his key to the Migas species distinguishes M. sandageri from M. distinctus by the absence of spines on the maxillae and labium of the latter. Spines are absent only in the male spider. The female (Cambridge loc. cit.) has a spinose labium and maxilla as described above. The elimination of this supposed difference makes M. sandergeri synonymous with M. distinctus. The habit of building the nest on the bark of a tree (Goyen loc. cit.) is of no specific importance as M. distinctus also sometimes does this. M. distinctus may be distinguished from M. paradoxus by its smaller size, difference in abdominal colour and markings, the hexagonal shape of the sternum (cf. M. paradoxus is triangular). There are more spines on the labium. The front row of eyes is straight and the fore median eyes are their diameter apart (cf. M. paradoxus, front row of eyes are slightly recurved and the fore median eyes are half their diameter apart).

de Dasmas (op. cit.) also doubted the validity of M. sandageri, and he placed it as synonymous with M. paradoxus, de Dalmas

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Sternum, Maxillae and Labium.
Fig. 1—A. gilliesii female.
Fig. 2—A. huttoni female.
Fig. 3—A. dendyi female.
Fig. 4—A. collensis female.
Fig. 5—A. gilliesii male.
Fig. 6—A. huttoni male.
Fig. 7—A. dendyi male.
Fig. 8—A. marplesi female.
Fig. 9—Aparua bipectinata female.
Fig. 10—K. wanganuiensis female
Fig. 11—M. distinctus female.
Fig. 12—M. taierii female.
Fig. 13—Aparua bipectinata male
Fig. 14—M. paradoxus female.
Fig. 15—M. distinctus male.
Fig. 16—M. taierii male.
Fig. 17—P. antipodiana female.
Fig. 18—P. avocae female.
Fig. 19—H. hochstetteri female.
Fig. 20—H. sandersoni female.
Fig. 21—P. antipodiana male.
Fig. 22—P. avocae male.
Fig. 23—H. hochstetteri male.
Fig. 24—H. sandersoni male.

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Eyes X 2 ½.
Fig. 25—A. gilliesii..
Fig. 26—A. huttoni.
Fig. 27—A. dendyi.
Fig. 28—A. collensis.
Fig. 29—A. marplesi.
Fig. 30—K. wanganuiensis.
Fig. 31—P. antipodiana.
Fig. 32—P. avocae.
Fig. 33—Aparua bipectinata.
Fig. 34—H. hochstetteri.
Fig. 35—H. sandersoni.
Fig. 36—M. paradoxus.
Fig. 37—M. distinctus.
Fig. 38—M. taierii.

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Tarsal Claws X 7 ½
Fig. 39—A. gilliesii.
Fig. 40—A. huttoni.
Fig. 41—A. dendyi.
Fig. 42—A. marplesi.
Fig. 43—A. collensis.
Fig. 44—K. wanganuiensis.
Fig. 45, 45a—Aparua bipectinata.
Fig. 46—Nemesia sp.
Fig. 47—H. hochstetteri.
Fig. 48—H. sandersoni.
Fig. 49—M. paradoxus.
Fig. 50—M. distinctus.
Fig. 51—M. taierii.
Fig. 52—P. antipodiana.
Fig. 53—P. avocac.

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Palpal Organs of Male.
Fig. 54—A. gilliesii. X 3.
Fig. 55—A. huttoni. X 3.
Fig. 56—Arbanitis sp. from Winchester. X 3.
Fig. 57—A. dendyi. X 3.
Fig. 58—Aparua bipectinata. X 5
Fig. 59—M. distinctus. X 5.
Fig. 60—M. taierii. X 5.
Fig. 61—P. antipodiana. X 3.
Fig. 62—H. hochstetteri. X 3.
Fig. 63—H. sandersoni. X 3.
Tibia of 1st Leg of Male. X 3.
Fig. 64—A. gilliesii.
Fig. 65—Aparua bipectinata.
Fig. 66—M. distinctus.
Fig. 67—P. antipodiana.
Fig. 68—H. hochstetteri.

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separated the species into those that lived on trees M. paradoxus, and those that burrowed in the ground M. distinctus. The fact that M. sandageri was found on trees caused him to place it with M. paradoxus. However, M. distinctus also makes nests on trees and from Goyen's description M. sandageri appears synonymous with M. distinctus.