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Other araneomorph spider (many families)Dolomedes sp.

1 Unidentified Dolomedes fishing spider at Bald Hills, NSW

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Dolomedes sp. at Bald Hills, NSW - 2 Feb 2019
Dolomedes sp. at Bald Hills, NSW - 2 Feb 2019
Dolomedes sp. at Bald Hills, NSW - 2 Feb 2019

Identification history

Other araneomorph spider (many families) Dolomedes sp. 18 Mar 2019 Paul Whitington
Other araneomorph spider (many families) Dolomedes sp. 16 Feb 2019 KerriLee
Other araneomorph spider (many families) PISAURIDAE (family) 10 Feb 2019 KerriLee
Unidentified 3 Feb 2019 JulesPhotographer

Author's notes

Sitting on a lily pad, this spider pounced on an unlucky dragonfly. Approx 3cm long body and longest span across, from leg tip to leg tip, was around 5cm

7 comments

KerriLee wrote:
   10 Feb 2019
Very interesting observation Jules! It looks like a 'water spider' ... family Pisauridae. In fact, it looks rather like Dolomedes facetus, but that species is from northern QLD.
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:86865377-c7b9-4340-8182-ccae52b72d5a#gallery
   16 Feb 2019
Thank you KerriLee.. it is difficult to see in these photos due to compression, but it does have the spiky legs like the Dolomedes facetus, but is not hairy like this one, rather it's legs look almost transparent with a green tinge. The body shape and markings are almost identical!
KerriLee wrote:
   16 Feb 2019
Are you able to crop in on the original image and then upload? It might help overcome the compression effect. Wonderful shots, by the way!
   16 Feb 2019
Thanks KerriLee! Will see what I can do with it to enhance the legs. Unfortunately it has been cropped quite a bit already as it was floating out in the dam, some distance from the side. If I can get a better result by editing I'll post asap!
   16 Feb 2019
Have updated, hoping it helps :)
KerriLee wrote:
   16 Feb 2019
I think we can call this to genus ... Dolomedes sp. It's a very close match to several sightings on the ALA:
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:27d0b292-089c-4794-9f65-cfc2b51f89e1#gallery
Well done!
   18 Feb 2019
Excellent! Thanks KerriLee

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Ocybadistes walkeri (TBC) at Bald Hills, NSW - 2 Feb 2019
Gastrimargus musicus (Yellow-winged Locust) at Bald Hills, NSW - 2 Feb 2019
Diplacodes haematodes (Scarlet Percher) at Bald Hills, NSW - 2 Feb 2019
Chrysomya sp. (Metallic blowfly) at Bald Hills, NSW - 2 Feb 2019
Myzomela sanguinolenta (Scarlet Honeyeater) at Bald Hills, NSW - 20 Jan 2019
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Bald Hills, NSW - 20 Jan 2019
Phaps chalcoptera (Common Bronzewing) at Bald Hills, NSW - 17 Jan 2018
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Bald Hills, NSW - 30 Dec 2017

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  • Non-Invasive

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