World’s Oldest Spider Dies At The Age Of 43, Was Stung By Wasp

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Spiders can live long lives, but this particular spider has lived more than a lot of humans have! The world’s oldest known spider has died at the ripe old age of 43 after being monitored for many years during a long term population study in Australia, researchers said ob Monday.

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The trapdoor matriarch comfortably outlived the previous record holder, a 28 year old tarantula found in Mexico, based on a study published in the Pacific Conservation Biology Journal. The spider didn’t die of old age, but was killed by a wasp sting, the researchers said. Called number 16, the spider helped scientists to unlock significant info regarding the behavior of an arachnid that may Be located over Australia, including in domestic gardens.

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To our knowledge this is the oldest spider ever recorded, and her important life has allowed us to further investigate the trapdoor spider’s behavior and population dynamics, said lead author Leanda Mason from Curtin University. A research project to study trapdoor spiders in the Central Region Wheat in Western Australia was first launched in 1974 by Barbara York Main, through which Number 16 was found and monitored. Through Barbara’s detailed research, we have been able to determine that the extensive lifespan of the trapdoor spider is because of their life history traits, including how they live in uncleared, native bushland, their sedentary nature and low metabolism, said Mason.

Number 16 was monitored in the wild. Female trapdoor spiders stay Around the same burrow practically all of their lives, so researchers marked her burrow and went back to check on it regularly. The study also gave a much better understanding of how a future trends in climate change and deforestation could have an impact on the species. Spider cigars traditionally have a lifespan between five to 20 years. While females remain in or near their burrows, men leave once mature and go in search of a partner. They aren’t A serious threat to humans, although a bite may cause pain and swelling.

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