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The world's oldest spider dies in Western Australia at the age of 43



Updated

April 28, 2018 20:10:33

Australia has a notorious reputation as the hometown of some of the deadliest creatures in the world, and until recently hosted the world's oldest known living spider.

The trapdoor matriarch died at the ripe age of 43 in the long run population study in Western Australia's Central Wheelbelt and far outlived her previous rival, a 28-year-old Mexican Tarantula.

Curtina University Leanda Mason said the Arachnidae's significant life had scientists further investigate the behavior and population dynamics of trapdoor spiders.

The research project was initiated in 1

974 by the renowned biologist and spider specialist Barbara York Main of the University of Washington.

"Through Barbara's detailed research, we were able to conclude that the lifespan of the trap door spider is very large. Life-history features, including how they live in unexplained, native scrubland, their sedentary nature and low metabolism," said Ms. Mason.

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AAP

Topics:

Zoology,

Zoology, Animal Science,

Science and technology,

Biology,

Curtin University of Technology-6102,

wa,

Australia

first publication

April 28, 2018 20:03:28


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