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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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24 December, 2013:
Can you identify this spider? The picture was taken in Kent, Ohio. Regards, Dennis

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Reply: This is a fishing spider. Click for an enlarged view. - glen

15 November, 2013:
Glen, Iíve searched the web and Iím unable to identify this spider. Iím in Western NY (Rochester area). This spider is typically found in basements, sheds and barns or in and around woodpiles. Iíve considered brown recluse and wolf spiders, but ruled them out. Any help would be appreciated. Tim Young Webster, NY

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Reply: This is a fishing spider. Another nice shot, click for an enlarged view. - glen

15 November, 2013:
Found this one lurking in our pool that we were taking down today. It could run quickly across the water and on the pool liner. It didn't seem aggressive and the body is probably an inch long and overall from the tips of the legs it is roughly 5 inches across. Any help identifying this one will be greatly appreciated. Scott.

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Reply: This is a fishing spider. Great shot, click for an enlarged view. - glen

15 November, 2013:
Hi, Took this photo near Austin, Texas. I assume it may be a wolf spider but have been unable to find a pic of one with similar markings. If you can tell me what it is I would very much appreciate it. The photo can be enlarged significantly.

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Reply: Yes, this is a fishing spider - glen

15 November, 2013:
We found this spider in our cabin in northern MN ... Not sure what it is? We thought maybe a female wolf spider? Do you know??? It was very large,size of a half dollar ..

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Reply: Yes, this is a fishing spider - glen

15 November, 2013:
I live in Southern Ontario Canada. I found this spider in the house on the living room wall'

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Reply: This is a fishing spider not a wolf spider although they are often mistaken for each other - glen

6 July, 2013:
I believe this to be a wolf spider, though it was quite large; nearly 6" from 'toe' to 'toe' with an incredibly solid body. Any specifics would be great... I left it on my doorstep and went in the back door as to not spook it beyond the camera flash. (North of Atlanta, GA) PS: My husband wouldn't let me keep it as a pet.

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Reply: The first is a female fishing spider with her egg sac and the other is the male - glen

6 July, 2013:
We were getting our kennel ready for our puppies and we found these 2 spiders? We caught the smaller of the 2 and put it in a mason jar to take to the conservation department???

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Reply: Both photos are of fishing spider, the other 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

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24 June, 2013:
Hi there, We just found this spider today, near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Canada. Not often do you see spiders bigger then a quarter around here but this one was about 3 inches long. I was just wondering if you could tell me if its dangerous? Or if you can tell me anything about it? Thanks for your help!! Amanda

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24 June, 2013:
Possibly a garden spider, maybe? Found in Hockessin, Delaware. Have never seen a spider like this in this area!

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24 June, 2013:
Hi! My son found this big hairy spider in the leaves next to the forest and wanted to know if it was a tarantula. It doesn't look like many of the tarantula pictures on the web but I wanted to check with an expert. Thanks! Lucy

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15 June, 2013:
Hello, I found this fella hanging out on a basement window sill and I don't know what he is, can you help me?

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15 June, 2013:
Here's just a beautiful patterned fishing spider I saw on my front step

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15 June, 2013:
Can you help? I was chaperoning a class trip and a student found this spider. We are in the northeast. Is it a huntsman spider? It spanned over 3" leg tip to leg tip. Large. Found it in the woods. Thanks in advance. Would love to get the kids an answer. They were amazed by it's size

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15 June, 2013:
I was wondering if you can identify this spider for me. We have seen three so far and nobody can tell us what kind it is. Its really big and I have a child that plays outside a lot and I need to know if its poisonous.

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15 June, 2013:
Here is a picture of the eyes if that helps you, I think it may be a Dolomedes Tenebrosus, and a female exhibiting giganticism, as it had at least a 3 in. leg-span. Thanks again Glen! I love your website! (pun intended)

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15 June, 2013:
Hi Glen, Couldn't see the eye pattern to identify this large (3" w/legs) spider we found on our grill cover this morning. We live in Massachusetts. Thanks for your help!

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15 June, 2013:
Hello Glen. I just found this address on the spiderzrule website. I'm trying to identify a spider found in my shed the other night and cannot seem to find anything online that matches it. I'm attaching a couple of pics. On the second pic, that black lump at the bottom of the pic is the front tire of my lawn tractor. My guess on the size of the spider is that it spreads some 5-6 inches. Any info you can share would be most helpful. Thank you. Carol

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15 June, 2013:
Glen, Found this guy in my house this evening. Feel free to use the photo for your website.

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11 May, 2013:
Glen, Black widow, and large wolf spider. I live in Maryland. You can use these pics on your site. Mark

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11 May, 2013:
This big guy crawled up my horses blanket after I threw it over him. The spider almost gave me a heart attack! If I put my hand up to it he/she probably would just be a bit bigger than the palm of my hand. I snapped these photos of him/her while he/she was on top of my horses withers. This has got to be one of the largest spiders I have seen in the northeast PA. Just thought I'd share with you! - Amber from Easton, Pa

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11 May, 2013:
I live in Ontario Canada in cottage country just north of Toronto. I found this guy in my beer fridge. as you can see he is bigger than a beer cap. he has two rows of eyes and I found that a wolf spider has three rows of eyes and two eyes are bigger than the rest. this fellow has only two rows of what looks like 8 eyes. if he is a fishing spider I guess he is not that big but in my world he looks very big. thanks for your time. Allan Osborne

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11 May, 2013:
Hey Glen, stumbled across your website while trying to identify this guy. I found him in an empty box of tea I was disassembling for recycling. He gave me quite a fright. I was a little worried about whether he was a hobo spider and spent some time trying to identify him before releasing him in my yard. He was very timid and seemed perfectly content to just hide in the box while I examined him and searched the web. He eventually made a run for it and escaped beneath my deck. My guess is that he's a Barn Funnel Weaver. His behavior matches the Wikipedia description of theirs as very timid. And he has very distinct striping on his legs. Which the hobo aren't supposed to have. What do you think? Hobo? Funnel weaver? Or something else entirely? I live in southern Indiana. Thanks! Dan

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13 April, 2013:
I live in Pennsylvania. I found this spider today and want to know what it is. It looks like it has 4 holes on its back. Thanks Leslie

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Reply: This one is a fishing spider, rain spider may be the local name  - glen

13 April, 2013:
Hi Glen, Did I identify these spiders found in my home in Pretoria, South Africa, correctly? Regards, J-F

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13 April, 2013:
Dear reader I found this spider in Annapurna region, Nepal, whilst trekking. It was found at about 2,000 meters in altitude and was maybe 6 inches in diameter. Could you please identify it for me? Hi, thanks for the quick response. It's abdomen, according to the locals, is meant to be like that, that's what I found very strange about it.

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6 March, 2013:
Hi! My family and I were vacationing in Northern Minnesota in the Boundry Water Canoe Area and this spider came out of the wall one rainy day. We had found two of them but when we put them together, this one killed the other one. We brought it home with us and it has lived in a small aquarium type thing. It eats crickets and has shed its 'skin' once. It is approx 2 inches in diameter including the legs. Thanks! Tricia

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16 November, 2012:
Hi! I found this huge spider in my house while cleaning.. Could you please tell me what kind of spider this is? And is it dangeous? I live in Quebec Canada.. I never thought that we could have spiders so big! Thank you :) ~Jarah.

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Reply: This is a fishing spider  - glen

10 November, 2012:
Here is the picture of the spider I e-mailed you about. Thanks Ray

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Reply: This is a fishing spider  - glen

10 November, 2012:
This was in my mom's car this morning. Could you ID it for us. About 4 inches long.

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Reply: Looks like a fishing spider  - glen

10 November, 2012:
Hello Glen, I live in Ohio and I found this spider, as well as a few others like it, in a metal barrel behind my house over the weekend. They were larger than half dollars and have a series of 4 holes on its back. I'm not sure what kind of spider it is and if it's harmful or not. Would you be able to provide me with that information? Thank you! Michelle

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Reply: This is a fishing spider  - glen

10 November, 2012:
tail or back of body looks pointed thought wolf spiders were rounded?

 

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Reply: No. this is a fishing spider  - glen

19 August, 2012:
I believe this is a huge wolf spider is this abnormal size

 

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Reply: This is a fishing spider  - glen

2 July, 2012:
Hi, Attached you will find a picture of a spider that we saw on a rock in a river in Tennessee that we were tubing on. It was huge. I've never seen anything that big before. I looked at your sight and thought perhaps it was a fishng spider. Can you tell me what kind it is and what they are like? Thank you for your time. Your sight is really neat! Thanks, Cheri

 

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Reply: This is a fishing spider with her spiderlings  - glen

2 July, 2012:
Hi there, I'll send a second pic with a quarter in it also. We found this one between the screen door and the glass patio door (on the outside thank goodness!) of our basement in Carroll County, MD. Could you ID it for us? Thanks, Kristen

 

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Reply: It is a fishing spider - glen

22 July, 2012:
Hi, I was viewing your web site and could not find what looked like 2 spiders that frequent my front porch. I was wondering if you could identify them for me. They are quite large and seem larger and even hairy in person, yet photos show no hair and they even look smaller in the pictures! Could be meÖ The smaller of the two is below, the other is attached. Peace

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Reply: It is a fishing spider - glen

13 July, 2012:
Sir, I found your website while trying to identify a garden spider I stumbled upon a few weeks ago. I have attached two photos (and have higher resolution pictures available if you would like them). Based on my research, I think this may be a wolf spider, but there are enough differences that I'm not sure and would like a second opinion. My children and pets play nearby and I simply want to be sure they aren't in danger. This spider was discovered while I was working in the garden in early June. I live in the United States, in the northern part of Mississippi. In looking at a map of the U.S., I am close to the state border near Memphis, TN. We have a large stand of bamboo on our property. This grass is well over 20 feet tall and sits next to a 6 foot wooden fence. As I was clearing the bamboo, I stopped to lean against the fence and notice this large spider. I did not see a web, and he moved very little despite my work nearby. When I approaching him, he moved very quickly to the other side of the fence. In the photo, he is on the side of the fence, near the top cap board. Basically in a corner formed by the fence and the cap. The board in the picture is about 4 inches across. In one photo, my thumb is actually touching the board where he is sitting. I appreciate your time and interest. Can you help me confirm what type of spider this is? Sincerely, Jim

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Reply: No it is a fishing spider - glen

2 July, 2012:
Hi Glen! Thanks for getting back with me on the crab spider today. Ive seen two spiders i havent seen before in one day. Is this a wolf spider? Thanks for your help! Jenelle

 

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Reply: This is a fishing spider - glen

2 July, 2012:
Saw this during our trip last week to the Smoky Mountains. It was in our cabin, probably about 4in in diameter! Any idea what type of spider? Thanks Matt

Click for a larger view.

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Reply: This is a fishing spider too - glen

25 June, 2012:
Hi my name is Chelsie and we live in Gate City, Va. We came across this spider tonight in our home and of course he got away! Can you identify him? Im slightly terrified to evem put my child in her crib until I know what this scary thing is! Thanks! Chelsie

Click for a larger view.

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Reply: This is a fishing spider too - glen

25 June, 2012:
I have attached a picture in hopes you will receive it. The second picture was the exact same, only without the black markings on the back/rear. We live in Ontario, near Lake Ontario and as far as my research went it looks like a Fisher spider but I wasn't entirely sure.

Click for a larger view.

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Reply: This is a fishing spider too - glen

22 June, 2012:
I live in upstate New York in Saratoga County and came across this spider out in the barn in the backyard. It was huge and was black and brown, and about 5 to 6in long. I have three little girls that play all around this area and want to know if this kind of spider is harmful in anyway and is something to get rid of. Please contact me back. There is a photo of this spider attached to this email and is out of my own collection of photos and i do have some more and it is ok to post on your website for all to see and be aware.

Click for a larger view.

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Reply: This is a fishing spider - glen

19 June, 2012:
Another pic of Pete

Click for a larger view.

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Reply: This is a fishing spider - glen

4 June, 2012:
What is this?

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Reply: This is a fishing spider - glen

4 June, 2012:
Do you know what kind of spider this is?

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Reply: This is a fishing spider from the eye pattern - glen

31 May, 2012:
hereís a picture of a spider I found in my house. do you know what it is?  

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Reply: This is a fishing spider from the eye pattern - glen

24 May, 2012:
Hi Glen: This spider was about the size of the palm of my hand and came running out of my shed last weekend. It is a wolf spider? Feel free to use the pictures. Thanks, Matt  

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Reply: This is a fishing spider too - glen

24 May, 2012:
Hi, it's Missy, again.... I don't think my iPhone was sending the pics correctly, so I'm trying from my computer. I live in Anoka, Minnesota, and we found this huge, hairy spider in our garage yesterday. It was close to 2" long, legs included and scared the heck out of us and our boys. We were wondering if anyone could tell us what type of spider it is. Also, it looks a lot like the pic sent in by someone in St. Paul, MN a while back... Here is the pic, and you can publish it on your site, if you want. Thanks!! Missy G.  

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Reply: No I think it is a fishing spider (dolomedes tenbrosus)  - glen

7 May, 2012:
Are these Wolf Spiders? They are all over my fiances mothers house.

 

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Reply: I think it is a fishing spider  (dolomedes tenbrosus) - glen

7 May, 2012:
Hi, i was wondering if you could id this spider for me. I'm guessing Wolf, but i have not seen any pics with those markings. I live in Delaware and found it in my basement. Thanks so much. Terry

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15 April, 2012:
I have found this spider in my home in southern West Virginia. Can you please help me identify it? You can use these pictures for your website if you like. Thank you! Ashley
   

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15 April, 2012:
I woke up to this on my bed this morning - BLAH Michele

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Reply: No, it is a fishing spider (dolomedes tenbrosus) - glen

14 January, 2012:
Hi, Glen! This critter was in my basement last night .. he/she was HUGE!!!! .. is this a brown recluse? I am at my house in Southwestern VA right now .. little town called Pound, VA .. very rural .. lots of trees around the house. Thanks! for looking at this for me! Jeanie

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