(Nursery Web Spiders)

Picture ID 7769

Picture of Pisauridae (Nursery Web Spiders) - Dorsal

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This spider was photographed in Zimbabwe, it's comfortable in water or may be some kind of water spider. The plastic box is a 1 litre ice cream container (for scale).

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Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 This looks like a Nursery Web or Fishing Spider (Pisauridae). There are several similar looking genera in the family … this looks pretty close to some Dolomedes and I see one (D. smithi) listed for “East Africa”, unfortunately I have no images of it to compare to so I don’t know if that’s right or if I need to investigate the other genera further.

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