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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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(Dolomedes tenebrosus)
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WHITE BANDED FISHING SPIDERS
(Dolomedes albineus)

The White Banded Fishing Spider is not one of the more aquatic species. It is generally found in trees.
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28 June 2017:
Can you help identify this spider? It was on a brick wall in South Carolina. Thank you for you help. Chris

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20 August, 2016:
Hey Guys, Saw this huge spider hanging outside my front door the other day. Any idea what it is?? Thanks, Dominique

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16 August, 2016:
This is in south Louisiana i live near woods and marsh. Best guess for me was a nursery spider or a fishing spider. Am i close?

 

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13 June, 2016:
Hi, I'm not quite sure if you still identify spiders for people but I have been having a tough time with this one. I took this photo right outside my front door, I live in Jacksonville north Carolina if that helps. I wanted to say that the spider was a Carolina wolf spider but it is predominantly white and missing a few marks. Maybe you can identify it!

 

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29 April, 2016:
I can't find anything that looks like this spider. Maybe it is an albino of some kind. It is on a fig tree on the Southeast US coast.

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22 February, 2016:
Spiders freak me out, I have 2 that I can't identify, and looking on Google is just too creepy and hairy. So if you know what they are, please let me know. And I let them live! Not my normal style

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1 October, 2015:
Dear Glen, This spider was sitting on the edge of a swimming pool in Spain this summer. While running to safety he jumped several times into the air, as if catching a small fly. My question: is this a white banded fishing spider? my 2nd question: why does he/she jump? To catch an insect or is it just making speed? Thank you in advance.

Yvonne -  the Netherlands

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20 September, 2015:
Hello, We saw this spider this afternoon in Biloxi, Mississippi. I thought it was a Wolf spider but my wife said definitely not. Can you identify it? Respectfully, Gregory

 

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5 February, 2015:
what kind of spider is it plz let me know... its from evadale tx

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9 June, 2015:
Could you please tell me what kind of spider this is...and is it poisonous??? Thanks. Cherise

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5 March, 2015:
Hi Guys, Sincere apologies first for the quality of this piccie but can you help me identify this beautiful arachnid photographed in Ambon, Indonesia please? Many thanks. Martin

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5 February, 2015:
Please help me identify this spider. It was on the side of my house, about 5" long and looked like it was sprayed with glue and sprinkled with white oak bark chips. Up close it looks as though the white sections on him or her, are raised like bark on a white oak tree. I'ver seen a lot of spiders... but never one like this.I put it back in the woods beside my house and itcrawled away so I probably wont see it ever again....what is it?

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5 February, 2015:
Hello! I'm from Chilton county Alabama and I have come across this spider that looks a lot alike a wolf spider but the hairs are white! If you could email me back with some info it would be awesome. Thanks, Scott W.

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5 February, 2015:
Do you know what type of spider this is? Sincerely, Crystal

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5 February, 2015:
MY friend was cutting the yard and she notice this spider on the side of her house was wondering what type of spider it is havent seen one of theses before..

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5 February, 2015:
Found this one on my car on a ranch in Fountain, Colorado. Thinking it's a white banded fishing spider.

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

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8 July, 2014:
Need this spider ID for me..

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7 April, 2014:
Please help me identify this spider. It was on the side of my house, about 5" long and looked like it was sprayed with glue and sprinkled with white oak bark chips. Up close it looks as though the white sections on him or her, are raised like bark on a white oak tree. I'ver seen a lot of spiders... but never one like this. I put it back in the woods beside my house and it crawled away so I probably won't see it ever again....what is it?

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15 June, 2013:
Hello, I found this spider at my dads house in CT. Was thinking its a wood spider? Not sure? Is this poisonous? Does is bite? Thanks Ken. Tammy

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Reply: This is a white banded fishing spider  - glen

12 May, 2013:
Glen, I had contacted you in the past about a spider in the garage... this time I had a spider on the side of my car this past weekend. It was maybe slightly bigger than a quarter (includes leg sprawled). The color in the image is exactly the colors it was, not modification. My car is silver, the spider was greyish and black. And what struck me most was the "face" it had, like a smile or mustache.... any ideas what this guy was? - Leigh W. Rochester, New York

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Reply: I think it is a white banded fishing spider - nicely camouflaged!!  - glen

10 November, 2012:
Think now it maybe a huntsman. Found in SW Arkansas. Very aggressive towards prey. Thanks for looking.

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Reply: No it's not a nursery web spider, I think it's probably a white banded fishing spdier - glen

26 August, 2012:
Hi. Can you confirm that this is a nursery web spider, or let me know what it is if not? Thank you! -Kimberly

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Reply: This looks like a white banded fishing spider  too - glen

26 August, 2011:
I found this attached to my leaf bag.When I tried to make it move off, it took a stance and opened its mouth. Its head looks more lizard like and is mottled in a white and tan color. The legs are not at all spider like, more flat. Did not move like a spider. When I first saw it I thought it was a toad, because of its coloration, then I saw the legs. The back legs appeared to be split. Thanks for any ideas. I have done extensive research, but have found nothing remotely like it. Marguerite r

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Reply: This looks like a white banded fishing spider - glen

26 August, 2011:
Hello, Stumbled on to your spider website and thought I would email you some pictures... I found this spider on our porch out front of our house and was wondering if you could identify it. My father was cleaning the porch an stumbled upon this guy (above our front door no less) and we were both just like, "Wow." I took several pictures but I'll send the best ones I got of him. One where I took it with the flash on and the other where we held a measuring stick up near him (surprisingly he did not move during ANY of this) for size comparison. Hope you can help us figure out what he is. Thank you! -Spinder Finder

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Reply: I think this is a white banded fishing spider - glen

4 August, 2011:
This clinic is at the top of the doorway going into our clinic. Should be have it removed? Is it dangerous and what is it? Denise

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Reply: I think it is a white banded fishing spider too - glen

16 July, 2011:
hi, glen! i wanted to see if you could please identify the spider in the photographs i took early this morning and later in the morning. i went outside today around 6:30 am to give our dogs fresh water to drink since we are having high temperature warnings today through tomorrow morning. i realized that the "leaf" i thought was floating in the dogs' water bowl was not a leaf, but, a rather large spider. i nearly had a heart attack, lol! the spider has not moved since being removed from the water bowl, and i'm afraid is dead. here's a couple of pics i took of this big guy. after reading the information on your website and looking at pics that people have submitted, i think it might possibly be a wolf spider. i do not see the violin pattern on the spiders back/abdomen, so i don't think it's a brown recluse. does the brown recluse grow to be as large as the wolf spider found in the state of georgia?? thanks for your time, and i look forward to hearing from you! sincerely, jan lagrange, ga

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Reply: I think it is a white banded fishing spider - glen

24 June, 2011:
What type of spider is this? Photo taken June 4, 2011, Thank you;

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Reply: I think this is a white banded fishing spider - glen

11 November, 2010:
Do you know what type of spider this is?? Saw it this past Saturday and the temp outside was around 50 degrees. We live in Alabama, if that help too. Thanks!!!!! Michelle

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Reply: I think this is a white banded fishing spider - glen

10 October, 2010:
Is this better?

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Reply: I think this is a white banded fishing spider too - glen

7 July, 2010:
I live in Alabama, in the woods, and I took a photo of this spider out on my deck. Leg span was as large as my palm. I have never seen anything like it around here. Had a brown speckled body with a WHITE HEAD. I thought I was seeing things. Would you mind emailing me back and letting me know what you think? Pic is attached. Thanks! Tracy, McCalla, Alabama

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Reply: I think this is a white banded fishing spider - glen

7 July, 2010:
What kind of spider is this?

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Reply: It could be a white banded fishing spider - glen

22 June, 2010:
Spider ID needed

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3 May, 2010:
We found this spider in our garage. I would really like to know what kind it is. Thank you Lori

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Reply: No it's not a brown recluse, it is a white banded fishing spider  -  glen

26 July, 2009:
Not sure what kind of spider this guy is. I do not think it is a brown recluse is it?

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Reply: I think this is a Whitebanded Fishing Spider - Dolomedes albineus. glen

5 May, 2009:
Here's a really great closeup we got of a tree trunk spider (jumping spider family) in Franklin, TN, snacking on a mosquito hawk in our kitchen window

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13 October, 2007:
hi glen! i am from Austria, Burgenland, and i caught this spider (attached) . can you tell me what kind of spider this is and if it is dangerous. thanks and greets from austria.
...interesting page you have! lukas

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A great example of camoflauge!!

24 July, 2007:
 Can you tell me what kind of spider this is. Found in NW South Carolina in a
wooded area.

 

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Reply: Fishing spider, species Dolomedes albineus. Nathan

13 October
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Here is a cool spider that was on my azalia bush.. I dont know what kind, maybe a wolf spider.... you can share it if you like...Pelion,sc Billy Brown oct 2006 later...


 

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16 August, 2006:
Hi, I've used your site before to identify spiders I've come across, but I'm not sure about this one.  I'm going to guess af ishing spider, only because the branch he was on was hanging over a small stream, but the fishing spider pictures all look so different, and I didn't see one posed like this spider.

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Reply: Looks like a Dolodemes sp.- some sort of fishing spider.
1 August, 2005:
Glen, This guy has been hanging out in my screened in porch (in central Alabama) for a couple of days now. Can you help identify him/her for me?Thanks in advance - oh, by the way, terrific web site!
Trey Finley

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Reply: Looks like a Dolodemes sp.- some sort of fishing spider.

1 August, 2005:
Thought you might like to add this to your collection (not that you  need "another" photo of a spider......! This is our "little friend" on our front porch in South Carolina (maybe  he/she has already had an appetizer......). Thanks again for your information, Glen.

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Reply: This is Dolomedes sp.

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July, 2005:
Hi Glen,
Would this be a Carolina Wolf Spider? We live in Little River, South  Carolina, and this critter was hanging out by the front porch light  last night and this morning. Thanks, and great web site!
Mike Duva
 

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Reply: Reply: The spiders of the 13th and 8th are both in Dolomedes, and are the same species, only I don't know which exact Dolomedes that would be. Sorry. Nathan

8 July, 2005:
My husband found this spider on our kids swingset. It is on a 2x4, we would like to know what kind of spider this is and is it harmful? Thank You, Christie - Crowley TX.

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