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Old 30 April 2018, 03:46 PM
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Default The World's Oldest Known Spider Has Died at the Age of 43 From a Wasp Sting

The world’s oldest known spider has died after a record-breaking lifespan of 43 years, according to researchers in Australia.

The spider, known as Number 16 to Australian scientists, was a female trapdoor tarantula living in Western Australia’s Central Wheatbelt region, Agence France-Press reports. The spider didn’t die of old age, however, but was killed by a wasp sting, researchers said Monday.

http://time.com/5259382/worlds-oldes...pider-dies-43/
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Old 30 April 2018, 04:12 PM
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Not gonna open the link.

Nope. Nope. Nope.

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Old 30 April 2018, 04:41 PM
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But Psihala, according to the article "are not considered dangerous to humans." However, I'm like you. I'd hurt myself running away.
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Old 30 April 2018, 04:50 PM
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Is that Australians who don't consider it dangerous to humans? Because their baseline for what is and is not dangerous might be a tad skewed.
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Comment seen on twitter this morning:

"Of course the oldest Spider is from Australia! Of course!"

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Old 30 April 2018, 05:03 PM
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Yeah, there is a big picture of the creature involved, so arachnophobes should probably avoid.

I just had no idea that a spider could live for decades. (The next runner up, a tarantula in Mexico, died at 28.) Though I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, given that lobsters and crabs certainly can.
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Old 30 April 2018, 06:53 PM
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I just had no idea that a spider could live for decades.
Ditto; and I find it fascinating that they can.

They look so fragile.
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Though I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, given that lobsters and crabs certainly can.
Although commonly mentioned as being closely related, spiders and crabs or lobsters are not particularly so. Both arachnids and crustaceans are arthropods, but so are insects, and ultimately over 80% of animals. And in case it escaped your notice like it did mine until pretty recently, crabs have 10, not 8, limbs. (They are decapods -- thanks, Tamatoa! I did look it up.)

This seems like a decent explanation (it compares crustaceans to insects rather than arachnids, but the same principles govern).
https://www.quora.com/How-closely-re...ers-to-insects
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