Dolomedes albineus
(White-banded Fishing Spider)

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ItsyBitsy
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Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 This looks like a White-banded Fishing Spider, Dolomedes albineus. Like most spiders they have venom but are not considered to be medically significant. Everyone’s immune system is different though.

BugmanDan
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Hi, while I agree with D. albineus, I had them in Florida, up close and personal.
Fishing spiders are very often mistaken with wolf spiders. I have also been up close and personal with carolina wolf spiders, and few of those, significantly larger than white banded fishing spiders or dark fishing spiders. The largest I have seen is the raft spider/giant swamp spider, the Dolomedes okifenokensis, estimated 6 inches across the legs. Largest wolf spider, 4 inch legspan,and about the largest white banded, just over 3 inches. Intimidating, but all gentle giants.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/171880
https://bugguide.net/node/view/577443
http://www.petbugs.com/caresheets/gallery/H-carolinensis.jpg

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