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Argyroneta aquatica by Dark-Raptor Argyroneta aquatica by Dark-Raptor
This is probably the only spider specie in the world that spend its whole life underwater. They build there their webs, feed and breed. This is the only specie in the family Argyronetidae.
Here, in the picture, you can see how it transports oxygen from the water surface to his hideout, using hairs on his abdomens.
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SofiaERamirez Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Featured in my profile :D
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shalakazam Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
sweet! this is an awesome shot! very cool and unique! how come your camera didn't bust underwater?:trout:
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)

I put this little spider to small aquarium... I didn't need "Nikonos" underwater camera ;) :D
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emilylynch Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
sooo beautiful.
i had a few of these living in my pond last year :]
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sh0ggy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
incredible species and shot :)
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sh0ggy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
incredible species and shot :)
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Dolore Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
wow, that's so fascinating! I wonder how you took this. :p
I've always liked spiders. 8)
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
:D

I used aquarium. It is impossible to take shot like this in the river where I've found these spiders... except if I only had Nikonos underwater camera :D
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WREAKHAV0C Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
i love that speicies, tis so cool!
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varekai666 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
wow! this is so very very clear! I like it a lot!
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Izaaaaa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Nice image, the background almost looks like an abstract painting, the colors are great!
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HKDP Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Nice image! I understand their bite is rather formidable...
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
I've heard that it is really painfull. I didn't test it... but maybe this summer :D
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blind-dancer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww cute :)
we have some where I live, but they're darker than that one I think. They can grow quite big :)
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)

I found that day 5 specimens, this one was the largest and the brightest, so I took its picture.
I've heard that their bite can be very painfull. Luckily I didn't test it :D
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jesse-botanical Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
thats awsome man
i do some macro stuff my self
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BFG8800GTX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The background colour suggests that you have kept it in an aquarium...right? if so, then is it proper to conclude that this specie is native to poland or did you get it at the local pet store?
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yes, I used aquarium (I can't use my camera underwater :D ).
This spider is common in nortehrn part of Poland. As I know they are very difficult in captive breeding so I rarely hear about people who keep them as pets.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I always looked for these as a kid but never found one.
Great shot.
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional Artist
i read about this spider on web. I also saw it inside a air-bubble house underwater but damn I forgot to bookmark it.

where did you find it ?
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
They are not very common but whidespread in northern part of Europe. You can find them in lakes and rivers (with slow water flow), where are many underwater plants. These places are the best for spiders. I found that they especially love Stratiotes aloides in my area.
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Professional Artist
hm... what is stratiotes aloides (stratiotes in greek means soldier ;-) )

Do you think I have a chance to find one on my island and what season ? We usually have brooks here and swamps but I think is damn impossible to see one spider like this underwater.
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional Photographer
This is water plant:
[link]=pl&lr=&q=stratiotes+aloides&btnG=Szukaj+obraz%C3%B3w

It has very sharp leafs, maybe this is the reason why its latin name means "soldier" :D

Unlucky there are no data from Greek mainland and islands. You should look more north. It was found in Bulgaria and Macedonia.
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional Artist
thanks for link. Can you write it again darek ? it appears as a smiley on the comment. or e-mail alex_joynes@yahoo.co.uk with the link. might work there :D
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
I'll give you normal link to normal pictures:
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Link I gave you in my first message was standard "google/graphic" search for Stratiotes aloides ;)
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Professional Artist
hm.... thanks for link. I never seen this plant before on the island. maybe not observed it better in the past ? I will try to see it in a pond where I shot my frog. might grow [link]
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
I read that this specie is native to Europe and NW Asia. There is no information about Mediterranean populations... but I didn't find any good source about its real distribution.
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