posted on May, 10 2011 @ 04:38 PM
Fishing spiders belong to the genus Dolomedes which includes over a hundred species from all over the world. Which does include Europe and the United
states. Spiders of this genus are nocturnal hunters (mostly because their biggest predators are birds) that are also "Semi-Aquatic". In fact not only
can they survive under the surface but most of them have he ability to literally walk on water.. In fact you've probably seen these before..
With that said. This particular specimen is actually a member of the Genus Thalassius which are the much much larger than the smaller more common
fishing spiders of North American and Europe. They are both Nocturnal and Diurnal hunters although they mostly stick to vegetation during the day
Anyway the reason I chime in is because National Geographic gave an inaccurate account of normal hunting behavior.. You see they anchor themselves to
whatever they are standing on via their back legs and a strand of silk while their front legs (usually all of them) rest on the water.. The surface
tension of the water prevents the spider from sinking... The hunting behavior shown in the video above is a very uncommon behavior and is not their
primary hunting strategy by any means..
Also a fun fact.. these spiders have a wax like coating that prevents them from getting wet.. They will emerge from the water completely dry.. no
edit on 10-5-2011 by DaMod because: (no reason given)