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  Water Spider (Dolomedes sp)





Water Spider | Dolomedes sp photo
Water Spider

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Water Spider | Dolomedes sp photo
Water Spider

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



WATER SPIDER FACTS

Description
This Dolomedes water spider is brown with a white border round the head and white markings on the sides. It looks a bit like a wolf spider but does not have a large pair of eyes in centre like wolf spiders. It can run on the surface of the water.

Size
15mm

Habitat
creek banks

Food
hunts on water

Breeding
builds a retreat for egg sacs

Notes
Bite results in local mild pain



Classification
Class:Arachnida
Order:Araneomorphae
Family:Pisauridae
Genus:Dolomedes
Species:sp
Common Name:Water Spider