The oldest spider in the world died at 43 years of age, a record of its kind. The female tarantula lived in Australia and the scientists had it listed as number 16. Although her age was already quite advanced, she did not die of old age, but instead, she was stung by a wasp.
The previous record holder was a 28-year-old Mexican spider. Number 16, however, was found in 1974 and was monitored by scientists from then until now that we say goodbye.
What did scientists learn?
Vale Number 16, the world's oldest spider.— ABC Science (@ABCscience) April 30, 2018
Number 16, the trapdoor matriarch, was born in 1974, and died at the ripe old age of 43 in her home in Western Australia's Central Wheatbelt.
She is survived by maybe thousands of children.
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According to The Guardian, scientists know a little more about the behavior of the spider's family of the ctenizids and the dynamics of the communities. They are generally found both in nature and in residential areas of Australia. They live between 5 and 20 years, so you already know why this specimen was so important. Although its appearance is a bit frightening, it does not present danger to humans.
It was discovered that they live even more, as Number 16, when they live in quiet natural areas and have a sedentary life. Climate change can be a danger to them, given that it exterminates its quiet burrows. It is necessary to continue studying them to know even more about their way of life.
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