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Big Spider in ohio - Dolomedes vittatus

Big Spider in ohio - Dolomedes vittatus
Hocking Hills State Park, Hocking County, Ohio, USA
April 15, 2011
Size: 3 Inches
My friend took this photo for a photography contest they held in the hocking hills on friday, he said it was the biggest spider he had ever seen. i thought i would identify it for him and surprise him with a framed photo with the species name on it and such. but it proved to be much harder than i thought it would be. any help is appreciated.

Dolomedes vittatus
Moved from ID Request. You can tell species by the dark mark in the center of the carapace. You'll need to put your friend's name in the copyright area of the image and then let him know you posted this here (after giving him the gift of course). We don't want to have his image here without his permission.

Also, spiders are measured by body size only, legs are not included. This spider was probably just over an inch?

I'm sure he'll love the gift. It's a great idea.

i don't know much about spiders
except i really like them, this looks like a fishing spider, someplace in..Fishing Spiders (Dolomedes)you can put that in search and look, meanwhile hopefully an expert will come in and name him for you.

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