Dolomedes triton (Walckenaer, 1837)
sixspotted fishing spider
Immatures or Unknown Sex
How to Identify Dolomedes triton (Walckenaer, 1837)
Family: PISAURIDAE Simon, 1890
Genus: Dolomedes Latreille, 1804
Species: Dolomedes triton (Walckenaer, 1837)
Origin of Name: Dolomedes is derived from Greek as a combination of words, ultimately meaning "trick, stratagem, wily, contriving".
Official Common Name: sixspotted fishing spider
Carapace greenish grey to tan. Several indistinct dark bands radiate from dorsal groove. Margins dark, submarginal bands white and extend length of carapace. Legs pale with grey, irregular, dorsal lines. Abdomen pale brown to dark reddish-brown, has series of small paired white spots. Posterior of abdomen with indistinct transverse bands. Heart mark is pale.
Southern Alaska to Maine, south to southern Mexico and Cuba.
Collection Map of Museum Specimens
in The Nearctic Spider Database
Individuals are often found on or at the margins of ponds, lakes, and quiet rivers and streams.
Adults appear late May or early June until September and egg sacs can be found from July to September.
Other Web Pages
Animal Diversity Web (http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Dolomedes_triton.html)
The Nearctic Spider Database (http://www.canadianarachnology.org/data/spiders/19669)
Observation: In "panne" - temporary pools in low areas between sand dunes in Sandbanks Provincial Park