Fishing Spider

fishing spider

Common Name: Fishing Spider

Order Name: Araneae

Family Name: Pisauridae

This pisaurid fishing spider from Ecuador displays a characteristic curved row of posterior eyes. Fishing spiders are most frequently found around water and are capable of dashing across the surface of a stream without breaking the surface tension. These large Ecuadorian spider inhabited the steep banks of a tropical creek. The females carried around her neatly spun orange egg sac wherever she went to ensure the safety of her precious cargo. Some astrologers consider Arachne the lost thirteenth sign of the zodiac.