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The world’s oldest known spider has died at the age of 43, outliving its nearest rival by 15 years, Australian scientists have reported.
Affectionately known as “Number 16”, the female Giaus Villosus or trapdoor spider had been under observation in the wild since its birth in 1974.
The arachnid is believed to have survived for so long by sticking to one protected burrow its entire life and expending the minimum of energy.
Previously the oldest known spider was a tarantula in Mexico, which died at the age of 28.
Holy smokes.... a bloody spider living 43 years?!?!?!?! WOW
originally posted by: strongfp
a reply to: rickymouse
It was 'observed' in the wild.
It's like ant watchers, they don't do anything but watch the creature(s) and observe it's significance, beauty, brutal nature, and peacefulness. Whether or not it was the oldest, it goes to show how a stress free life can lead to a long life.