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David v Goliath  (Ocrisiona jovialis) I finally discovered what these small (10mm) jumping spiders (with the fancy G string) eat... they pounce onto much bigger spiders. The move was so fast. If it wasn&#039;t accidental then it looks a very sensible choice of bite site as the prey is probably 20 times the mass of the jumper. Once committed I guess they just hang on and hope for the best. The larger spider could not shake it off and finally went still.<br />
( Reminiscent of the weasel on the woodpecker )<br />
Under a pavilion in a local sports/nature reserve.<br />
Old name &#039;Breda jovialis&#039;. but Breda are found in South America.<br />
Yet to ID the prey. <br />
Video next time.<br />
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Breda+jovialis# Apricia jovialis,Australia,Geotagged,Jovial jumper,Ocrisiona jovialis,Salticidae,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

David v Goliath (Ocrisiona jovialis)

I finally discovered what these small (10mm) jumping spiders (with the fancy G string) eat... they pounce onto much bigger spiders. The move was so fast. If it wasn't accidental then it looks a very sensible choice of bite site as the prey is probably 20 times the mass of the jumper. Once committed I guess they just hang on and hope for the best. The larger spider could not shake it off and finally went still.
( Reminiscent of the weasel on the woodpecker )
Under a pavilion in a local sports/nature reserve.
Old name 'Breda jovialis'. but Breda are found in South America.
Yet to ID the prey.
Video next time.
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Breda+jovialis#

    comments (2)

  1. That is fantastic. By chance I saw a nature documentary yesterday of a jumping spider taking on a much larger spider. It would plan a way to lower itself via a silk thread on top of the orb weaving spider. Posted 5 years ago
  2. Having just posted A. jovialis Mark, your finding and image came up in the group collection already posted - and it's awesome. Both seeing this prey capture and documenting with great detail. Tenacious wee characters, taking on much bigger prey such as this, amazing. Posted 7 months ago

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''Apricia jovialis'' , known as the jovial jumper is a small species of jumping spider found in Australia. This dark spider with yellow bands is often seen sheltering on tree bark.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Mar 15, 2016. Captured Feb 6, 2015 01:08 in 20 Willow Rd, Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia.
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  • ISO100
  • 8.65mm