“To our knowledge this is the oldest spider ever recorded, and her significant life has allowed us to further investigate the trapdoor spider’s behaviour and population dynamics,” said lead author Leanda Mason.
Trapdoor spiders get their name from the doors they make for their burrows. Female spiders stay in their burrows while the males leave once mature to find a mate. They are not considered a major threat to humans.
Their longevity was due to “life-history traits, including how they live in uncleared, native bushland, their sedentary nature and low metabolisms”, Mason said.