Spotted Fishing Spider
The first key to identifying spotted fishing spiders is that they live in aquatic habitats and can run across the surface of water. These long-legged, dark-colored water spiders are also distinctive in that the oval abdomen is smaller than the broad cephalothorax (“head”). A pale, whitish-yellow stripe surrounds the dark carapace, and sometimes the abdomen. On top of the dark brown abdomen, three distinctive pairs of minute white spots create a connect-the-dot pattern or run down the middle of the back. The legs are robust and brown, dotted with white hairs. This spider runs quickly.