Fishing Spider (Pisauridae: Dolomedes), Rob S., East TX

Fishing Spider (Dolomedes), Rob S., East TX 110908This spider, which Rob photographed on 110908, was spread-eagled on a tree trunk, in a pose typical for many of the fishing spiders, which tend to flatten their bodies and freeze when approached by humans. The original photo that Rob sent in showed so little contrast between the tree trunk and the spider that it was difficult to make out its shape, so I put it through an enhancement program to bring subtle features to the fore. In the enhanced image at right, the spider, which Rob described as five inches across, is fairly obvious. Had he been even slightly less observant, Rob might easily have passed this tree by without noticing the creature reposing there. The features of this spider are similar to those of the fishing spiders photographed by Shane, in Bulverde, TX on 072508, and J.W., in Sealy, TX, on 072908. The photos of each of these spiders are compared side by side on the NEXT PAGE ---- PAGE MENU  1  *  2  *

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