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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.
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 (Dolomedes triton)

The Six-Spotted Fishing Spider (Dolomedes triton), is slightly smaller than D. tenebrosus, but it is nevertheless a very large spider.  It is often seen hunting on the water's surface in ponds and slow-moving streams.

Reply: This spider is D.triton carrying her egg sac - glen

8 August, 2015:
We wanted to know what type of spider this is. Its large. The stick its on is about 1 dia. From the photos on your site I think it may be a Fishing Spider. Cool web site. Thanks,


Reply: This spider is D.triton carrying her egg sac - glen

5 February, 2015:
Hello! I live in Forked River, New Jersey. I work for a canoe and kayak rental business that works in and around the Cedar Creek. The creek is known for having low hanging tree limbs that are full of spiders and snakes wanting a free ride down river! I found this one along the bank during a canoe pick-up and I'm wondering what it could be. It looks to me like a Carolina


Reply: This spider has the spots on the abdomen typical of D.triton but not positive - glen

5 February, 2015:
Hey, just wanted you to have this photo in case it's useful.


Reply: I can't see the eyes well enough to rule out a wolf spider, it does have similar characteristics as well. However it also has the spots on the abdomen typical of D.triton so I'll include it here in case - glen

11 November, 2014:
These are two spiders I have found in missouri, east of Kansas City. The first looks like a female wolf spider in a way but does not have the back markings so I was not sure. It was the size of a medium tarantula tho...I have seen a million wolf spiders living in this area but never one of this size/coloration so I was wanting to know if I was correct. The second spider I found I have no clue about, it was on the side of a building I was working on. If you could get me any info on what these spiders are I would really appreciate it! Thank you, Nathan

Reply: This one is dolomedes triton, a six spotted fishing spider - glen

15 August, 2014:
Found this one on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, wolf spider with egg sac? Mark

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Reply: This one is dolomedes triton, a six spotted fishing spider - glen

6 July, 2013:
Hi my name is Mara and I live in central PA, I found this spider at my work. By far the biggest one I've seen. I couldn't identify it by your pictures, could you tell me what it is?

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Reply: Both photos are of fishing spider, this one is dolomedes triton, a six spotted fishing spider - glen

6 July, 2013:
Hi Glen, I was poking around on the Spiderzrule site and thought to ask if you can ID these two spiders. Both photos taken in Troy, Waldo County, Maine, USA. I think IMG6744 is a wolf spider, but the dark color and back pattern don't really match any photos I find in books or online. The spider on the wood-panel wall looks to me like a fishing spider, but not sure. Thanks for any help you might be able to give. Cheers, Dana

24 June, 2013:
What kind of spider is this? It was in Oklahoma ,USA

22 June, 2012:
I found this spider outside of my apartment, and i am curious to what it is??? I think it's a wolf spider, from what 've seen on your website, but i can't be sure. Its HUGE... the body is about the size of dime and a penny next to eachother! (i'm in NYC and not used to seeing a spider this big!)) Thanks for your help. Patricia

5 October, 2011:
Any idea what this is ? I saw it in Tennesee. It was approx. 3'" in diameter including the legs. Thanks, Bill.

14 August, 2011:
What is this?

4 June, 2011:
It comes through on this end... I promise I'm not Spam... Spam is only good with I'll try again. My name is Jerri. I did a search and found your site and thought I'd try sending you the pics I took. Hopefully these will go through alright. I found this big, beautiful spider today near the Big Piney River in south central Missouri sitting on a granite rock p

12 November, 2010:
Hi Glen, I found this big, beautiful spider today in Decatur, GA (Atlanta) sitting on a granite rock pile just feet from a small, flowing creek. When I touched it, it vanished underneath one of the rocks. Because of its size and proximity to the water, I looked at your fishing spider pics, but this spider just doesn't have the contrasty pattern that those pics have. Notice the yellow spots on the abdomen...the black velvety markings on the thorax...sorry i don't have better view of the eyes. The body and legs just aren't as stripey as your other fishing spider photos. Here are pics below, and thanks so much! Love your site! Rebecca

7 July, 2010:
Hey Glen, I ran across the rather large spider here on our farm in southern Virginia yesterday. Said insect was in a cool spot by a small creek. (Apparently, I disturbed him/her as I was bush hogging the area. I cannot seem to locate any info on this one. We have Recluses, Widows, Garden, Orbs, Jumpers and so on here. Wolves too, but this one didn't fit the bill. What do you think? Thank you in advance for any help. Sincerely, Dennis

23 August, 2009:
we found this spider near the creek (we live in n.e pa) she was protecting her nest. never seen one like this before. what kind is it? have looked on your site for one similar, but have not seen one. Thanks B.

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1 August, 2009:
my name is jim. i live in galloway n.j. that's about five miles west of atlantic city on the edge of the pine barrens. i was cleaning around my shed last week and found this spider(see attachments) on my shed. i've lived here for five years and on the east coast for about 25 years and have never seen a spider like this one. it's skin seemed like velvet and is about 2 1/2" in diameter including the legs. it's body was black and it had two rows of white dots with three dots in row on the top of it's abdomen. the legs had a kind of tiger stripe on them. i shooed into a wood pile and haven't seen it since. could you identify this spider for me? thanks. jim

30 July, 2009:
Hi Glen, came across this spider in northeastern Ontario last month. Fishing or dock spider perhaps? Thanks for your help.  

Reply: No it's a six spotted fishing spider  -  glen
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30 June, 2009:
Hi Glen, Found this guy in the NJ pine barrens where I live. Is this a fishing spider? It was bigger than the palm of my hand when it stretched all out. He was on the edge of a "boardwalk" over some swampy area on a trail I like to walk. Let me know if you get a chance. Thank you, Jennifer

22 July, 2008:
We took these photos of this 3" diameter spider along a small creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Any idea what it may be. It looks like a Fishing spider but the markings are different. It was a big one! Chris DeFranco Knoxville, TN

22 July, 2008:
Hey I just came across your site when I was trying to identify this spider I found outside my front door. I think it's a wolf spider but I haven't been able to find a pic that exactly matches it. Or is it a fishing spider? I attached a couple of pics of the one I found. Notice the 6 white spots on it's back. Any help you can give me would be great. Thanks, Mike

23 May 2008:
Hi, Hi, I live in northern Virginia. Can you tell me what kind of spider this is? It has 3 pair of eyes, wasn't sure if it was a brown recluse or not b/c i didn't think they were native. Thanks!

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13 October, 2007:
Hi, I was near a brook the other day in maryland and found this big guy  next to my foot. Im pretty sure he's either a fishing spider (since it  was near a brook with ample waterstriders, which they feed on) or a  wolf spider due to his large tusk like things. Also, an interesting  note: I wanted to photograph him, so i found a long twig and nudged him  a bit so that he was more visible. He reacted by secreting a white  fluid from his bottom. This fluid can be seen in the second photograph  below his back two legs, near the edge of the leaf. Perhaps that might  help. Would you happen to know which one he is and what the genius and  species name for him would be? Im very interested. Thanks so much! ~Michelle
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2 September, 2007:
Can you please identify this spider?


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