World's oldest known spider dies in Australia of wasp sting

Posted May 01, 2018

The specimen lived for 43 years and easily surpassed the previous record holder, a 28-year old Mexican Tarantula. Scientists have found out that the spiders Giaus Villosus live so long due to the special structure and a slow metabolism.

The research project was first initiated by Barbara York Main in 1974, now aged 88, who monitored the long-term spider population for more than four decades years in the Central Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

This particular species of spider typically lives anywhere from five to 20 years and isn't a mortal threat to humankind, although a bite can be painful.

Known only as "Number 16, ' the world's oldest spider has died at the age of 43".

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Number 16 built her burrow in the North Bungulla Reserve in southwestern Australia, when she was young.

A typical danger in Australia is homeowners finding what they believe to be dead spiders in their swimming pools, which can then rear up and attack when removed.

Mason and team were devastated by the spider's death.

"We're really miserable about it", lead scientist at Curtin University, Leanda Mason, told the Daily Telegraph.

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A funnel web spider raises its legs at the Australian Reptile Park January 23, 2006 in Sydney, Australia.

Trapdoor spiders may look a bit intimidating but they pose no danger to humans.

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