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Jun 04, 2015 19:01 |  #1

This spider was found/caught on the Greenbriar River Trail in mid eastern West Virginia, USA on 6/1/2015.
He now lives in a posh terrarium.
Though we bike-camped on the Greenbriar River for 4 days this spider was approx 200 yards (2 football fields) distant
from the river...why mention this? because google similar image search shows a Dark Fishing Spider as a possible i.d.
If that is the case then the crickets I just put in the terrarium might not do him/her any good; so
please if any can i.d. I'd appreciate it.

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Jun 04, 2015 19:16 |  #2

I think it's a dark fishing spider... See HERE (external link)


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Jun 04, 2015 20:35 |  #3

OK dark fishing spider it is. Now, will he live on crickets in the terrarium habitat I have? It does have a pool of water but no fish in it.


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Jun 04, 2015 20:59 |  #4

Yep,, The last one I shot was eating a Water Scorpion. Got any of those to feed it? ha




  
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Jun 04, 2015 21:51 |  #5

Good news. Just read that the dark fishing spidy can and does enjoy a big variety of food sources and can easily move between land and water so me hoping this guy thrives for a long time in my care.


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Jun 04, 2015 22:18 |  #6

We used to get these on the Island in Georgian bay, (similar anyway, they are all "Dolomedes" ) we called them "Dock Spiders" as they hung out under the dock. They can walk on water like a water strider.

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Jun 04, 2015 23:53 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #7

Thanks a lot,
I like spiders on the computer screen but in real life they scare the bajeebaz out of me.
I spend every Fall in the Thousand Island region (errrr I use to).
You just had to ruin my happy place didn't you???
THANKS JAKE!!!
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I will certainly keep my eyes on the docks!

To the OP, nice image!
The more you collect the less likely I will see one!
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Jun 05, 2015 00:27 |  #8

CDS that was a fantastic article. Thanks so much for sharing, this spider just became even more fascinating and now I know when I re-do the terrarium he/she can have a much deeper swimming hole. I went shallow first time hearing of tarantulas drowning in water bowls....not related to this spider I know.


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Jun 05, 2015 00:51 |  #9

Lovely capture.
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Jun 05, 2015 03:07 |  #10

Thanks Brian. He has a cushy home now and it will be improved in short order. My goal will be to bring lots of tasties for him to hunt for.


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Jun 05, 2015 03:53 |  #11

Eek, this forum needs a SPIDER WARNING flag for posts like this :eek:


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Jun 05, 2015 08:26 |  #12

Great find,and hope he lives a long life.


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Jun 05, 2015 08:39 |  #13

Nice shot, great looking spider.


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Jun 05, 2015 14:32 |  #14

Just visited the pet store for 'feeder' fish, no luck. Only they had was guppies that are way way bigger than my Spidy. The three crickets I put in the terrarium yesteray are still moving about the habitat and Spidy is haning on the ceiling. It' funny how I'm attached to the little guy (could very well be a sheila for what I know)....now don't say 'it's just a spider' HA!
And honestly first time I've observed without the intent of an image capture, so that felt strange just looking in without a camera in hand.


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Jun 05, 2015 14:41 |  #15

Glad you got the ID Robert - my looking for it yielded nothing.

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