Re: NANFA-- Diving Spiders
Sat, 4 Mar 2000 12:25:34 EST

Finally, I'm back and can answer some mail! Been stuck having to deal with
other junk lately, junk meaning boring stuff that doesn't have to do with
NA native aquatic life. Thanks, Steve Whitlock , Ray Wolff, Jan hoover, and
Jorg Bohlen for your replies.

<< I've seen these in Louisiana before, but I've forgot their name.>> Steve

<< The true diving bell spider (Argyroneta [or Argyronecta?]auatica) is from
Europe. Its a species of funnel-weaving spider. Some North American
funnel-weavers are semi-aquatic and at least one writer has suggested that
they may exhibit similar behavior but I do not think that this has ever been
confirmed. >> Jan Hoover

It seems like the spiders you saw in Louisiana might have been the
semi-aquatic funnel weaving spiders that Jan to. Might something interesting
for anyone from Louisiana to study to determine once and for all whether or
not they exhibit behavior similar to the European diving spiders.

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