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Argyroneta aquatica II by Dark-Raptor Argyroneta aquatica II 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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:icongenkipuck42:
GenkiPuck42 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Nature is so amazing! (Fantastic shot!)
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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WhiteRose810 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
A very beautiful picture!! :aww:
*shudders* I saw this thing in the lake by my house. GOD, it was HUGE!! I read about it now and apparently it's bite is very painful, but not deadly.....i am never going swimming in that lake again......
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Guardian-of-Nature Featured By Owner May 17, 2011   Photographer
cool
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baby-snakes Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
absolutely gorgeous.. :omg: i really love the colors. I'd love to see more of these spiders. :}
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)

We are planning to capture some of them this year.
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:iconlieju:
Lieju Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
A great picture.

Possibly one of my favourite species of spiders.
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cosmicspider Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Oh my goodness! I remember reading about this spider. I was so amazed to learn how they live inside a bell of air they "built" themselves. How did you manage to get this shot?
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)

We just needed small aquarium and the spider. This was a studio shot.
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:iconcountnuada:
CountNuada Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
That's gotta be the coolest shot of that kind of spider I've ever seen!
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:iconhotalaska:
Hotalaska Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
You have a nice collection here. This one's really lovely!
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconweirdbuglady:
WeirdBugLady Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
Fabulous photo, and great subject. Awesome.
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Artist
so gathers all mini bubbles in a big one on its back ? And how it breaths
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yes. It moves these bubbles to his underwater "tent-like" web. They breath like normal spiders using their "book lungs".
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:icondolore:
Dolore Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
Wow.. What a wonder.
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Bandit83 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
i'm amazed by this spiders. saw them already on TV. great shot
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Ikasama Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
this gave me a total "WHOA" XD; I didn't know there were spiders that existed underwater
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Machinegun-Willy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Does this species have any colour variations? I caught quite a large water spider before, but it was black with an almost silvery underside. Of course the "silver" part could very well have been an optical illusion caused by the bubble.
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yes. I've captured 3 specimens and they colors were much different: from almost black to pale brown.
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:icontrentoloni:
trentoloni Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
One of the most interesting species on Earth
Great shot 8DD
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Flamboyant-fathom Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
OMG THAT"S AWESOME!
..ahem...as is the picture :D
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:iconphototurismo:
phototurismo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008   Photographer
you captured the clarity excellently in this shot! nice!
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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sidh09 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
That's incredible! Amazing! Thanks for the class :)
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:iconmakargina:
Makargina Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008   Photographer
topik :D
świetne stowrzenie
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Tak. Trafiłem zupełnie przypadkiem. Niby duże i dość pospolite, a paskudnie trudne do wypatrzenia.
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JOCAPS Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
bravo!!!!
so nice shot.
You macro studio master!!!!!
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)

I think that I still have to work more with light, especially natural light.
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:iconserephiminelysium:
Serephiminelysium Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Great detail ..
:clap:
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:iconthesober:
THESoBeR Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
good shot!
amazing!
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:iconaney:
Aney Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Świetne.
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Dziękuję :)
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WREAKHAV0C Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
i thought that their was 3 speacies of underwater spiders =/ i guess i'm wrong, btw amazing shot!
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
I don't know. Every book I read mentions A. aquatica as the only "real" underwater spider. There are also 2 Dolomedes spiders in Europe (D. plantarius and D. fimbriatus) which spend most of their life near or on the water (sometimes they dive for more than 2 hours) but they breed and collect food over the water surface.
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WREAKHAV0C Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
ah i see, that must be what i had wrong, thats still a pretty ncie shot.
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:iconboron:
boron Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot. It can't be easy getting that much detail underwater. Beautifully done.
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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:iconmeglyman:
MegLyman Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Fascinating! Excellent shot. :D
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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derJake Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Would be an instant-fav if the frame was but a little bit bigger, so that the legs wouldn't be as close to the edge. Genius shot anyway, this spider-species is sooo cool! :D
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
I was thinking about the same thing. Luckily I've got more shot of this spider and I'll upload them in the future :D
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derJake Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe, i'm looking forward to see them. :)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant, did you do this in an aquarium through glass or underwater somehow?
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:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yes, I used aquarium. My camera wouldn't survive underwater even 2 seconds :D
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SetaWolfSpanker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
That's crazy cool. ^^ Nice shot... that's actually really trippy... lol
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