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Species Dolomedes okefinokensis

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Pisauridae (Nursery Web Spiders)
Genus Dolomedes (Fishing Spiders)
Species okefinokensis (Dolomedes okefinokensis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Author of name: Sherman C. Bishop. First year published: 1924.
Okefinokee (the name of the swamp) + -ensis, a Latin ending that means "found at, living in (a place)"
Size
Body length of adult female ~30mm, of adult male ~8mm.(1)
Range
Georgia & Florida according to Carico's revision(2), but also Alabama & Louisiana according to the original description by Bishop(1).
Habitat
Carico (1973) says they are typically collected in swampy areas where they perch vertically on trees. Bishop (1924) says they may stray away from water as in the case of Dolomedes tenebrosus.
Food
Usually aquatic insects but also small fish, tadpoles, frogs, etc.
Remarks
Adult female D. okefinokensis may actually be the largest species of Dolomedes. This rumor is corroborated by the size measurements given in Bishop's original description (females attain 30mm in body length). The next largest is D. tenebrosus, the adult females reaching up to 26mm in body length.
See Also
Other species of Dolomedes.
Print References
Bishop, S. C., 1924b. A revision of the Pisauridae of the United States. New York State Museum Bulletin 252: 1-140. (PDF available here)

Carico, J. E., 1973. The Nearctic species of the genus Dolomedes (Araneae: Pisauridae). Bulletin Museum of Comparative Zoology Harvard 144: 435-488. (PDF available here)

Sierwald, P., 1989b. Morphology and ontogeny of female copulatory organs in American Pisauridae, with special reference to homologous features (Arachnida: Araneae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 484: 1-24. (PDF available here)
Works Cited
1.A revision of the Pisauridae of the United States
Sherman C. Bishop. 1924. New York State Museum Bulletin 252: 1-140.
2.The Neartic Species of the Genus Dolomedes (Araneae: Pisauridae)
James Edwin Carico. 1973. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Vol. 144, No. 7 Cambridge, Mass., March 13.