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The six-spotted fishing spider hunts and eats fish

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Angling from the water’s surface, the six-spotted fishing spider (Dolomedes triton) hunts and eats fish, tadpoles, and other invertebrates. It can even dive 18 cm (7.1 in) down into the water to complete the job.

The six-spotted fishing spider is one of eight families of spiders that eat fish, and according to this PLOS ONE research, “fish predation by semi-aquatic spiders is geographically widespread, occurring on all continents except Antarctica.”

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Check out the map and corresponding photo gallery of fish-eating spiders.

In the archives, more spiders, including the cartwheeling spider, the peacock spiders of Australia, and this ridiculously surprising spider attack.

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via Discover Magazine.

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