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________                    _______________________________________________________ Arachnoids 11 – Raft Spiders

 

 

A close up of a green field

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RAFT SPIDER Dolomedes fimbriatus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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RAFT SPIDER Dolomedes fimbriatus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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RAFT SPIDER Dolomedes fimbriatus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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RAFT SPIDER Dolomedes fimbriatus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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RAFT SPIDER Dolomedes fimbriatus (f)

 

 A picture containing sitting, food, small, brown

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RAFT SPIDER Dolomedes fimbriatus (f)

 

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RAFT SPIDER Dolomedes fimbriatus (f)

 

·         The large and impressive Raft Spider Dolomedes fimbriatus is similar in appearance to the much rarer and more localised Fen Raft Spider D. plantarius but with broader pale longitudinal stripes. However, it is more widely distributed and may be observed at many southern wet heathland habitats and other boggy areas where Sphagnum mosses predominate. The spiders can walk on the water’s surface using surface tension. They are capable of capturing and eating small vertebrates in addition to insect prey. They can dive underwater if threatened by potential predators.

 

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