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Spider Photos - Fishing Spiders

Fishing Spiders belong to the family Pisauridae ( nursery web and fishing spiders ) and are closely related to Lycosidae ( wolf spiders ) and Ctenidae ( wandering spiders ), counting about 500 different species from all over the world. The famous genus Pisaura and Dolomedes, the so-called raft or fishing spiders, are very similar in morphology and habits to the bigger Ancylometes which are part of the Ctenidae family.  Pisauridae usually have longer legs, slightly different carapace and abdomen. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section.
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(Ctenidae Ancylometes)

The genus Ancylometes contains 15 species at the moment counting some of the largest araneomorph spiders, like the A. rufus: adult females which measure 4 - 5 cm in body and more than 10 - 12 cm as legspan; the males are smaller, with about 2.5 - 3 cm body but with longer legs. Both are brown with dark spots on the abdomen. Males have two thin clear lines all along the carapace, very evident pedipalps and longer legs. Juveniles are pretty similar to adults but external sex determination is sure only in the last moults when patterns on carapace, abdomen and pedipalps shape become visible.

30 September, 2007:
Hi friends!!! I hope you’re ok and have a nice start of week!!! This time I contact you to contribute with both of you with this amazings photos!! The Giant Fishing Spider is Growing at a speed really fast and amazing!!!!! Remember that a few mails ago I ask you about if they change theyr skin or shield as Snakes do??? Well.... This girl (I dont know it’s sex but I call it as a female ja ja ja!!) change her skin again! The last Saturday night!!! As I live closer I cant see very good the growing process, but my friends and visitor note that she is growing very fast!!!! I note it when I get the old skin and compared with the older one!! She is having a amazing and fast growing process!!! I took some shoot that maybe could be interesting for you and your sites!!!In the Photos you can note everything, even the Eyes and Teeths!! Gustavo
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13 September, 2007:
I send you some pics of the Little but growing fast Giant Spider Spider that looks like she is HUNGRY ALWAYS! And eat bugs that are 2 or 3 times his size!!
In fact, looking for food for this spider I found a very trange BUG that I never saw in my life!!! I found 2, and they use to be founded under rocks or earth!! I dont know what kind of bug can it be!!! Even I saw discovery channel a lot and I learn a little about bugs and stranges bugs!! This one that you’ll see, have a very soft body, hard head and a very powerfull tooths! In fact when I catch it with a stick and a straw, it bite very hard the straw!!!!! AMAZING!!!! I dont know if is an QUEEN ANT or something like that! But I get amazing and get some shoots! Minutes after I doubt about feed the spider with it because the power of they tooth, nut I put inside anyway.... The spider just jump it over instantly and attack it right in the head! The spider take a position like HUG the bug and stay in this position for a while (I supouse using the venom) but I dont know how the spider doesnt be biten by the powerfull tooths!Minutes after she take the bug in to a square and eat it at all!!! Gustavo
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10 September, 2007:
Attached some pics of my newly acquired Ancylometes species for your pleasure: Both specimen are still juveniles and will still have to do some growing.

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3 September, 2007:
Sadly, Gustavo's giant fishing spider passed away but he has sent in some photos of his new one.
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23 July, 2007:
Gustavo's giant fishing spider seems to be making an egg sac. You can watch on YouTube here. Here are some photos that Gustavo took.

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17 July, 2007:
Here's some more photos from Gustavo.

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26 June, 2007:
Here's some more photos of Gustavo's giant fishing spider from Venezuela. There are also some closeups on the Great Spider Photos page.
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Click here for the Youtube link  for a video of Gustavo's spider.


24 June, 2007:
Here's some photos of giant fishing spiders from Stefan. Click for a larger view.


Adult female + sac, Ancylometes ssp. (suspected A. amazonicus), wild caught, Peruvian Amazon

Same specimen, different angle, note that strange appearance of the sac, looks like it´s covered with something. That stuff makes the sacs water-resistant, which is important as these spiders use to "bath" their sacs to enhance climatic conditions for development of the eggs.

Same specimen with fresh hatched sac, note the famous "nursery web"


Adult female, Ancylometes ssp. (suspected A. rufus), wild caught, Peruvian amazon

Same specimen, with size reference, this species can grow MUCH BIGGER than this

Ancylometes bogotensis, captive bred (my own breed), young specimen

Adult male, Ancylometes ssp. (suspected A. rufus), wild caught, Peruvian amazon

Reply: Hi Glenda, not Lycosidae (wolf spider). Definitely Ctenidae, but NOT Phoneutria. Due to markings at first leg segments and the weak markings as well at the carapace as at the abdomen this is most probably a member of the genus Ancylometes (giant fishing spiders). Ancylometes is very closely related to Phoneutria and hard to keep apart if one is not used to them. (I´m keeping and breeding four different species of that genus so i know them pretty well.) In difference to Phoneutria, Ancylometes is very calm and reluctant to bite and is completely harmless to humans. The spiders can grow up to really large sizes and resemble Phoneutria under this aspect, too. In fact these two genera are known to be the largest two Ctenidae genera in South - America. Unfortunately I can't be of any help regarding the species, though. Have a nice weekend. Greetings, Stefan

24 June, 2007:
My name is Gustavo , from Caracas Venezuela. Firts of all congratulations for your website!!!!!! Is very nice, informative, and complete!!! Well, Is a pleasure to me send you this letter with 2 points:

  • Colaborate with the page with the Photos (Feel totally free to use it)

  • Get some help of you to recognise a Spider that appear in my bedroom!

Well I don't want to boder you with my History’s but the fact is that 4 night before when I was in my room watching some TV I heard a noise very strange! When I found the origin of the noise I found this spider! It was in a square were I stock pappers, notebooks, posters and artworks of my job! The Strange thing is that I dont live close to a mountain, jungle or wild place! So, how this spider get in to my house?? Even I’m an strange animals lover get in shock! The size of the spider is like 2/3 of a open hand! I try to investigate in Internet bout it but I dont find anyting about it! I have the spider in a cristal fish box, and I was worry about it because I get it Ants, and insects and The spider doesnt eat anything! I found a Big Cocrach and I put it alive in the Cristal box and instantly the spider Jump over the cocrach and start to eat it! In 3 hours there was NO SIGNAL of the cocrach! I’m sending you the photos! But I dont have the b.... To touch it with the hand because I dont know yet if the spider is poinson or not! I’ll appreciate so much if you or any of yours subscribers can Identify this spider and tell me if is poison, if the hair can be itchy, What can I do for feed it, etc... and even what can be the most or better ambient that I can make it for the spider in the cristal box!  I dont know.. Sand, a Lung, a stick of tree! The photos are in a very good resolution and I hope that works for your website and to help me to identify this spider!
The only thing that I saw very spetial is that the spider looks like that have a kind of helmet in the head that looks like a turtle! Thaks in advance for all the help that you can bring me about it, I’ll apreciatte so much and I repeat, “Feel totaly free to use the photos in your website” Best Regards. Sincerely yours...Gustavo Click for a larger view.

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