Diving Spider, Small (CR 1/2)
Alignment: Always Neutral
Initiative: +3 (Dex); Senses: darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft., and Spot +4*
AC: 14 (+1 size, +3 Dex), touch 14, flat-footed 11
Hit Dice: 1d8 (4 hp)
Fort +2, Ref +3, Will +0
Speed: 30 ft., climb 20 ft., swim 30 ft.
Space: 5 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +1; Grapple -6
Attack: Bite +4 melee
Full Attack: Bite +4 melee
Damage: Bite 1d4-2 and poison
Special Attacks/Actions: Poison
Abilities: Str 7, Dex 17, Con 10, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 2
Special Qualities: hold breath, Vermin
Feats: Weapon Finesse (bite)
Skills: Climb +11, Hide +11*, Jump -2*, and Spot +4*
Climate/Terrain: Temperate aquatic
Organization: Colony (2-5) or swarm (6-11)
All diving spiders are aggressive predators.
Diving spiders have roughly circular bodies surrounded by outspread legs: 3 feet wide* and 3 inches high.
*The number includes the spider's body and its legs; the actual body diameter is about a third of the total.
Some breeds of diving spider are adapted for an aquatic existence. Rather than constructing webs, they build submerged, air-filled domes of spidersilk where they lie in wait for prey to wander too close.
Diving spiders spend their lives underwater, except for brief trips to the surface to replenish air. The spider's furry body holds air bubbles that it releases into the dome. They are expert swimmers, unlike most spiders.