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Nursery web or water spider?

Dolomedes dondalei

Description:

Large beautiful spider. Over 3 inches long with large body. I have included my thumb in the 4th photo to give an idea of scale. I think it is a nursery web or wolf spider Dolomedes minor or Dolomedes aquaticus but if anyone could tell me which one or another species I would be grateful.

Habitat:

Found on the banks of a small stream in native forest at Waihirere Domain waterfall. The small shrub it was on was right on the stream bank above the water. No nursery web present.

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Dolmedes
Dolmedes dondalei


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3 Comments

marycaughley
marycaughley 6 years ago

Thanks so much triggsturner. They are such beautiful big spiders and we did find them on a bush shaded creek bed :) . It's great to finally know what they are.

triggsturner
triggsturner 6 years ago

Hi Mary.Your absolutely right that this is a nursery web spider but looking at the tell tale black marks behind its eyes and the patterning on the abdomen I would say it is a relatively newly named Dolmedes dondalei. It is very similar to aquaticus but appears to be more at home in bush shaded creek beds.

JillBlack
JillBlack 8 years ago

wonderful photo Mary

marycaughley
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marycaughley

Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand

Spotted on May 19, 2013
Submitted on May 19, 2013

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