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Possible fisher spider in odd location
Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 8:16 PM
My friend sent me these pictures of a spider. We think it’s a fisher spider but we’d like confirmation since it was found in a rather atypical location — namely, on her stove in her kitchen!
She lives in southern New York state. It’s mid-June, warm, but not overly hot. There are no bodies of water really close to her home (although there’s a creek down the street).
The spider was non-agressive so she put it on a paper plate and took some photos of it. She took it in a container to work and someone identified it as “a really big spider”. Obviously, as the spider is nearly 2 1/2″ inches (legs included).
She took it to the woods near her home and released it into the wild where she got more fabulous photos of it.
Could you please confirm if it is indeed a fisher spider?
Thanks so much!
Southern New York State

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Hi Krissy,
Your identification of a Fishing Spider, Dolomedes tenebrosus, is correct.  Fishing Spiders do not build snare webs, and they are a wandering mobile species.  Perhaps your friend’s stove was just a warm stop on the way to a new hunting ground.  We love the photo on the paper plate.

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