The World’s Oldest Known Spider Died At 43,- The world’s oldest-known spider has died at the age of 43. Australian scientists confirmed the death of the female trapdoor tarantula known as number 16. She lived in Western Australia’s centre wheatbelt region according to agency France Presse. But number 16 demise wasn’t a product of old age rather a wasp sting.

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Before number 16, the previous record holder was a tarantula in Mexico which lived 28 years. Trapdoor spiders typically live between 5 and 20 years. Number 16 was discovered in 1974 and had been monitored by researchers ever since. Curtin University’s lead author in the study of the spider tells the Telegraph the team is quote really miserable, hoping the spider could have made it to 50 years old.