Fishing Spiders (Pisauridae: Dolomedes) Compared

Fishing Spider (Dolomedes) Rob S, East TX CorpusFishing Spider (Dolomedes) Shane, Bulverde TX 072508Fishing Spider (Dolomedes) JW, Sealy TX 072908 CorpusThese photos, placed side by side, enable a cursory comparison between the three fishing spiders, of questionable identification, reported on here during 2008 (a fourth, the banded fishing spider, has been identified to species with some certainty). The spider at far right was photographed by Rob S., in East TX, on 110908; the spider in the middle was photographed by Shane, in Bulverde, TX on 072508, and the spider at immed. right was photographed by J.W., in Sealy, TX, on 072908. Two (far right, immediate right) were found on tree trunks, but the habitat of the middle spider is not known. The markings on the dorsal abdomen appear very similar for all three, and those of the carapace seem similar for the two flanking images, but different for the middle image, in that the latter has rather complicated dark markings over much of the carapace, but is lacking a well defined wedge-shape marking at the anterior thoracic furrow, while the other two spiders have few marks on the carapace but well-defined wedge shape marks at the anterior thoracic furrow.

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