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Dolomedes triton (Six-spottedfishingspider)

Synonyms: Dolomedes albiclavius; Dolomedes major; Dolomedes spatulatus; Dolomedes triton sexpunctatus

Wikipedia Abstract

The six-spotted fishing spider, Dolomedes triton, is an arachnid from the nursery web spider family Pisauridae. This species is from the genus Dolomedes, the fishing spiders. This species of fishing spider is named after the mythological Greek god Triton who is the messenger of the big sea and the son of Poseidon. These spiders can be seen scampering along the water’s surface when a person walks by in which they are often referred to as dock spiders because they are often witnessed as they quickly vanish through the cracks of a boat dock.
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Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams, Coastal

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Edwin S. George Reserve 1297 Michigan, United States


Prey / Diet

Acrosternum hilare (Green stinkbug)[2]
Apis mellifera (honey bee)[2]
Calliphora vomitoria (Blue bottle fly)[2]
Calopteryx maculata (Ebony jewelwing)[2]
Corydalus cornutus (dobsonfly)[2]
Gryllus pennsylvanicus (fall field cricket)[2]
Libellula lydia (Common whitetail)[2]
Lithobates sphenocephalus sphenocephalus (Florida Leopard Frog)[2]
Lithobates sylvaticus (Wood Frog)[2]
Notemigonus crysoleucas (Golden shiner minnow)[2]
Notophthalmus viridescens (Eastern Newt)[2]
Pterophylla camellifolia (common true katydid)[2]
Semotilus atromaculatus (Horned dace)[2]
Tuberolachnus salignus[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)1
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)1
Larus delawarensis (Ring-billed Gull)1
Lithobates catesbeianus (American Bullfrog)1
Megaceryle alcyon (Belted Kingfisher)1
Nerodia sipedon (Northern Water Snake)1
Strix varia (Barred Owl)1


Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)[2]
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)[2]
Ictalurus punctatus (Channel catfish)[2]
Lithobates catesbeianus (American Bullfrog)[2]
Lithobates sphenocephalus sphenocephalus (Florida Leopard Frog)[2]
Micropterus salmoides (Northern largemouth bass)[2]
Pomoxis nigromaculatus (Strawberry bass)[2]
Semotilus atromaculatus (Horned dace)[2]


Carex stricta (upright sedge)[2]
Cephalanthus tetrandra (Buttonbush)[2]
Hibiscus moscheutos (crimsoneyed rosemallow)[2]
Hydrilla verticillata (waterthyme)[2]
Impatiens capensis (jewelweed)[2]
Lemna minor (common duckweed)[2]
Phragmites australis (common reed)[2]
Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed)[2]
Potamogeton lucens (long-leaf pondweed)[2]
Salix nigra (black willow)[2]
Saururus cernuus (lizard's tail)[2]
Typha latifolia (Reedmace)[2]
Utricularia macrorhiza (greater bladderwort)[2]


North America, Cuba;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
Protected Areas provided by Edwin S. George Reserve, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access