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P. novaezealandiae are a species that are found exclusively in New Zealand. They have 15 pairs of legs and distal papillae at the end of each foot. They come in a wide variety of color, from brown to purple-black to orange spots.
There are many differences between the sexes in both patterns of growth and patterns of mortality. Mature males are smaller than mature females because females experience a longer period of growth than males. The large population variety also means that females are able to mate throughout their life while males aren’t. Females can carry the sperm of multiple males for up to 9 months.



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