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Vibrating spider kills net casting spider



A tiny bodied pholcid spider with white humped abdomen and semi translucent legs has captured and paralysed a much larger male 'Ogre-faced' net casting spider (Deinopus subrufa).
In these shots it has (as usual) attacked a weak spot - a leg joint.


On a wall in an outer urban back yard.


I have often seen these little spiders attack all sorts of formidable and much larger prey including red-back spiders. They always seem to go for a leg joint. This tactic might be appropriate if the mouth parts are tiny and the venom strong?
A day later the net caster was still whole but abdomen had collapsed flat.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Kalen 6 months ago
Comb Footed Spider
Enoplognatha ovata Enoplognatha ovata - Wikipedia

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Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 11, 2020
Submitted on Feb 11, 2020

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