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The question of the week: what is the strongest animal?

Every Saturday we answer your questions on all kinds of topics. Today Michael S. from Aachen asks us: What is the strongest animal? Here's the answer ...


If you think of a strong animal, you will probably first have an elephant, a whale or a rhinoceros in mind.

But the animals mentioned are not only incredibly weak compared to the strongest animal in the world, they are also extremely large. The strongest animal in the world is just 0.8 millimeters in size. We are talking about the horn mite.

A mite?

You read that right, the strongest animal in the world is a mite that weighs only ten thousandths of a gram and is also blind. Researchers have found that the mite can lift 1180 times its own weight. That is five times more weight than comparable species.

Rhinos can move cars and are still weaker?


 Rhinos are strong - but there are much stronger animals. Source: WHAT IS WHAT 13 Wild animals

Of course, a rhinoceros can move objects that the mite cannot lift. But that does not change the greater strength of the mite. The strength of a living being is not measured by mere muscle strength, but by comparing the strength of an animal with its body mass.

So that you can imagine how strong the mite is, you have to imagine a person who weighs 70 kilograms and, like the mite, can carry 1180 times its body weight. That would mean that he would have to lift 82,600 kilograms or 82.6 tons. That would roughly correspond to a weight of 24 small trucks.

Properties of the horn mite

A horn mite from the genus Stomacarus.

The horn mite, which is widespread in the tropics, belongs to the arachnids and lives mainly in the ground, where it feeds on decaying organisms.

It has strong grave claws about a twentieth of a millimeter long, the purpose of which, however, is as unexplored as the question of why the mite needs its impressive powers. Scientists suspect that the horn mite often has to clear away heavy chunks of earth when searching for food underground and that the claws serve to protect against predators.

You can also find out more about eight-legged creatures around the world in WAS IST WAS Volume 73 Spinnen.

 Text: RR, status: February 7, 2012, photos: Tessloff-Archiv (Nashorn), S.E. Thorpe (horn mite, PD)

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