Explanation of Names
Named after palearctic genus Pisaura
. That genus is likely named after the Pisaurus River (now the Foglia), or Pesaro region of Italy (Wikipedia: Marche region
Often large spiders, similar to wolf spiders (Lycosidae). Note the following:
typically rest with legs flattened on substrate
carry their egg sacs by means of their jaws
(instead of attaching them to their spinnerets
all eight eyes are approximately the same size, as opposed to wolf spiders (Lycosidae), where two eyes are more prominent
Arrangement of eyes in Dolomedes
Females carry the egg sacs using their chelicerae until the eggs are ready to hatch.
When the eggs are ready to hatch, the egg sac is placed within a "nursery web" built on some foliage, and the mother stands guard.
Spiders of the Eastern US by Howell and Jenkins states that Pisauridae contains three genera and thirteen species. We found those thirteen species in the World Spider Catalog and made guide pages for all those that were missing.