Australia has a notorious reputation as home to some of the world's deadliest creatures and until recently also housed the oldest living spider in the world.
The matriarch trap died at the ripe age of 43 years long The Leanda Mason of the University of Curtin said that the significant life of the arachnids had allowed the scientists to investigate more thoroughly the behavior and the population dynamics of the trap spiders.
The research project was initiated by the renowned biologist and spider specialist at the University of WA Barbara York Main in 1974.
"Through Barbara's detailed research, we were able to determine that the extended life of the Spider trap is due to its life history traits, including how they live in native thickets, their sedentary nature and low metabolisms, "said Mason.
Things that invoked in 1975
- Trapdoor matriarch spider born in WA
- Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Tories
- Vietnam War ends
- The film Jaws
- Betamax videotapes presented by Sony
- Spanish dictator Franco dies
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