World's oldest known spider dies aged 43

World's oldest known spider dies aged 43

Females don't get out too much and are known to stay in or around their burrow for much if not all of their lives, making Number 16 an easy specimen for the scientists to research and, apparently, grow rather attached to.

No, not so you can pick her up and flush her down the toilet but because the world's oldest known spider has died at the age of 43.

Mason credited Main's previous research, stating that the trapdoor spider is able to live such along life because of its "life-history traits", such as its sedentary lifestyle, low metabolism rate, and the fact that it lives in "uncleared, native bushland" where it isn't at risk of being attacked by predators. The work, conducted in Western Australia's Central Wheatbelt region, was aimed at observing trapdoor spiders and understanding how they managed to live for so long.

Trapdoor spiders spent most of their life underground.

The female spider's record age easily beats its nearest rival, a 28-year-old tarantula from Mexico. They build almost 30-centimeter-deep burrows with a cork-like trapdoor made of soil and vegetation, and sit inactive with low metabolism in those tiny, plant and soil camouflaged homes.

Australian researchers have discovered what is thought to be the world's oldest recorded spider, unlocking key information about the mysterious eight-legged creature.

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The average trapdoor spider can live from 5 to 20 years.

The trapdoor queen had been under observation while living her best life in the wild since her birth in 1974.

Lead author PhD student Leanda Mason from the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University said the ongoing research has led to new discoveries about the longevity of the trapdoor spider.

Mainly arthropods live for about a year, but among them there are exceptions.

According to the press release, this rare long-term study will help researchers understand how climate change and deforestation impact this and similar species.

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