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Trapezoid Spider with prey

Sidymella trapezia


A pale 7 mm long spider with a trapezoid body. The dorsal surface of the abdomen had a broad brown arrow-head pattern which continued anteriorly as a broad marking along the midline of the cephalothorax. On closer inspection, the spider was seen holding on to its prey, a newly ecloded hopper that can be seen in Pic 1 as a pale insect under the spider's fore legs. Pics 3 & 5 show the hopper's shed skin (exuvia).


Spotted on native shrub seen in sports field.
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This spider was very difficult to photograph as he tried his best to hide himself and his dinner ! so, photos are of a poor quality. I have not seen one of these before so it was an exciting find.
Family: Thomisidae

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Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 8, 2015
Submitted on Jan 8, 2015

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