The oldest spider in the world dies in Australia at 43


A team of Australian researchers have discovered the longest spider registered so far in the world. It is a specimen of the species Giaus Villosus, 43, who died recently during a long-term population study, had survived the previous holder of the world record, a tarantula of 28 years found in Mexico.


“As far as we know, this is the oldest spider ever recorded and has allowed us to further investigate its behavior and the dynamics of its population,” says Leanda Mason, lead author of the research, who stresses that the sedentary nature and low metabolism of the arthropod would have allowed him to reach that age.