Is this a fishing spider?
April 3, 2010
This is a very common spider in Nova Scotia often seen in rocky areas. The picture is of a spider about 3 cm long. It was sighted April2,2010.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
WE believe this is a Wolf Spider, quite possibly the Carolina Wolf Spider, Hogna carolinensis. The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History has a nice page on this species which is found throughout North America. It is the largest Wolf Spider on the continent. You can also check out BugGuide‘s page on this species.
Eric Eaton makes a correction
April 19, 2010
The spider is indeed a wolf spider, but in the genus Pardosa (“thin-legged wolf spiders”). They are often abundant on rocks near (or in) the water, especially along streambeds. Nice picture!
Ed. Note: See BugGuide