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Spider Photos - Fishing Spiders

Pisaurina sp.
Family Pisauridae
- Nursery Web and Fishing Spiders.

These spiders resemble the wolf spiders (Lycosidae), but have a different eye pattern. Pisaurids have their eyes arranged in 2 rows, the posterior row slightly recurved, the median eyes in the second row slightly (if any) larger than the others. (Wolf spiders have eyes arranged in 3 rows). The egg sac is carried by the female under her prosoma, held there by her chelicerae & pedipalps. Before the eggs hatch, the female attaches the sac to a plant and then builds a web around it -- and stands guard nearby. The Pisaurids forage for their food and build webs only for protecting their young. Some spiders in this family, particularly fishing spiders in the genus Dolomedes, are quite large and may have a leg spread of 75 mm or more. The Dolomedes spiders live near water; they walk on the surface of water and dive underneath it to feed on aquatic insects and even small fish.
Although nursery-web and fishing spiders are big enough to give a painful bite, they are not considered dangerous. Many people (including me), are confused by the  5 similar looking spiders - the harmless Huntsman, Wolf Spider,  Southern House Spider (Kukulcania), Fishing Spider and  Brown Recluse which of course is not harmless.  All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section.
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Fishing Spiders
(Unclassified) (1)
Fishing Spiders
(Unclassified) (2)
Fishing Spiders
(Unclassified) (3)
Fishing Spiders
(Dolomedes tenebrosus)
Fishing Spiders
(Dolomedes triton)
Giant Fishing Spiders (Ancylometes)
Fishing Spiders
(Dolomedes vittatus)
White Banded Fishing Spider (Dolomedes albineus) Great Raft Spiders
Dolomedes Plantarius
Raft Spiders
Dolomedes Fimbriatus
   

FISHING SPIDERS (1)
(Unclassified - mostly Dolomedes Tenebrosus)

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Reply: Probably both fishing spiders - glen

8 July, 2016:
Hi there I live in Wisconsin and have just encountered some of the largest spiders (being appx 3" or larger in diameter) I have seen being from California and Oregon originally. Sadly I will not get close enough to see thier front view to identify them via eyes and fang structure, any ideas what they may be my main concern is thier toxicity to humans as the first one was slowly making his way into our home. Thank you!

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22 June, 2016:
Found this in my backyard where my kids play. Not sure what kind it's is can you let me know. Should I kill it or release it somewhere far away. It is carrying it's egg sack. Concerned parent Michelle from Western pa.

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16 June, 2016:
If you could just email me you answer. Thank you, Linda

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18 May, 2016:
This was on the back side of the timer in my pool pump house I'm Lebanon, New Jersey. Not sure what's on the right, maybe a family member who lost a turf battle?

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18 May, 2016:
I found this beauty in a dark box for the irrigation system. Any idea what it is? Long Island NY

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11 May, 2016:
I im jess, i found this in my shed. I live in central pa. Not photo shopped

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Reply: No not a tarantula, maybe one of the fishing spiders - glen

2 April, 2016:
Black tarantula? seen recently in the Philippines.

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25 February, 2016:
Hi Glen, I came across a large-ish spider in the house last night. I caught him and later released him into the garden. I managed to get some good photos and a video. I will try to send the video is a separate video, it's about 10 mb so hopefully it comes through. Do you have any idea what sort it is? Thank you for your help. Regards, Tim.
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Reply: Not sure about this one, could be some sort of fishing spider but markings are more like nursery web spider - glen

26 October, 2015:
I found it in the swimming pool this morning after it rained a lot last night. I am from South Africa and it is summertime here now.

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Reply: Some sort of fishing spider probably - glen

29 September, 2015:
If it helps, I'm from south Florida near the coast and swamps. Is it a white banded fishing spider? Thanks! --Kyrah

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7 August, 2015:
Found her on the front porch yesterday morning. This morning she had moved her eggs up. She knew that storms were coming! Wish I had seen her moving them!

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18 July, 2015:
Fishing spider or wolf spider

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29 July, 2015:
Can you identify this please. I would estimate about 4 long (including legs). Found in a shed. Thanks John

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22 June, 2015:
Seen this at work, it was big, 2 zoomed pics, 2 not zoomed pics. Any idea? From south burbs of Chicago, IL

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18 June, 2015:
Found in the basement. Captured & released outdoors. Central PA

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2 June, 2015:
Hi Glen, I came across your website when trying to ID my spider. We've determined she is a dark fishing spider, and seems like quite a large one. Photos attached. Maria Maria

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28 May, 2015:
We live in the Adirondacks and find these large spiders all the time (mostly on our back porch) can you tell me what kind it is?

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11 May, 2015:
I live in new jersey and I was taking a cover off a pool to open it. The pool had a rock waterfall, when I climbed onto the rocks to stick my arm in the water to pull the plugs out I came face to face with guy!! Biggest spider ive ever seen in Jersey!! It was the size of a baseball!! Some people were saying its a wolf spider but I was thinking maybe someone's pet tarantula got loose..can u tell me what it is? Thanks

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Reply: 3 looks like Vittatus not triton and one is just a normal fishing spider - Dolomedes tenbrosus

10 April, 2015:
Hi Glen Bought the spiders in the attached photos....fishing spiders and labelled Dolomedus triton. I was wondering if you know this to be an accurate identification as although 3 do look like tritons i am unsure of the others. They were sold in the UK pet trade and were imported from Europe. Many thanks KEN

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5 February, 2015:
Hi Glen, I was in a crawlspace working and noticed I wasn't alone. Thought the pic came out great and you may like. Sevierville, Tn

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5 February, 2015:
About 7.5cm or so. Trying to ID him... Thx, Mona

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24 June, 2014:
Hey, Glen! Pretty sure this is a wolf spider with a gorgeous turquoise egg sac. You'll notice the male is right behind her as well. (I didn't even notice him until I got the photos onto the computer!!) I took these at Anna Ruby Falls in Helen, Georgia today (6-22-14). Thought they might be useful for your awesome site. Please let me know if I've misidentified her. :-) Michele, DeLand, FL

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