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Water spider

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Species:
Dolomedes facetus
(ID by Dr. R. Raven, Qld. Mus.)
Family:
Pisauridae
Body length:
female: 21 mm
male: at least 10 mm
Habitat:
This spider has the ability to run on water surfaces but is much more likely to be found on or under green leaves in warmer and wetter forests
Toxicity:
The toxicity of the venom of this species is unknown but may cause mild illness in humans
Dolomedes facetus
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Eye pattern
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Another female
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Underneath female
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Immature male

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some cycloctenid species and wolf spiders such as Tasmanicosa godeffroyi, although it is noteworthy that water spiders lack the pair of large eyes that characterise lycosids.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 8 November 2017.