A trapdoor spider captured in Western Australia's Wheatbelt in the 1970s, and believed to be the world's oldest recorded spider, has died aged 43.
Co-author, Associate Professor Grant Wardell-Johnson explains how Number 16′s behavioural characteristics helped it thrive in the Australian outback. She had to protect and maintain her burrow, because if it were damaged, mature trapdoor spiders can not easily rebuild or relocate. Researcher Barbara York initiated this long-term study of spider population.
Number 16, the world's oldest spider, spent most of its life inside its burrow.
"To our knowledge this is the oldest spider ever recorded and her significant life has allowed us to further investigate the trapdoor spider's behavior and popular dynamics", said Mason, in a statement.
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. "The oldest known spider before 'Number 16" was a tarantula in Mexico, which died at only 28 years of age. 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.
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The ongoing research has led to new discoveries about the longevity of the trapdoor spider, researchers said.
Named Number 16, world's oldest spider dies at age 43.
The trapdoor queen had been under observation while living her best life in the wild since her birth in 1974.
A sedentary creature, the female Gaius villosus trapdoor spider builds itself a tunnel in the ground and stays there, seldom wandering too far from its hidey-hole.
Mainly arthropods live for about a year, but among them there are exceptions.