General Description

Body colour varies, including shades of brown with flecked or mottled patterns. Some species with white spots or stripes on the body. Long legs, outstretched and straight when floating. Body up to 3 cm long.


Water Spiders can walk on water due to hairs on their feet. They can also dive and swim beneath the surface to catch prey. They can be aggressive and bite in self defence.


South-western, northern and eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Edges of swamps, marshes, creeks, ponds and other areas of water.

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