AnAge entry for Chironectes minimus

Classification (HAGRID: 02922)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Didelphimorphia
                Family: Didelphidae
                    Genus: Chironectes
Species
Chironectes minimus
Common name
Water opossum (yapok)

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
3.1 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Small
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

Among all the members of the didelphid family, this species seems to be the one that develops more rapidly. One captive specimen lived for 3.1 years [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
304 days
Male sexual maturity
Gestation
Weaning
Litter size
4 (viviparous)
Litters per year
Inter-litter interval
365 days
Weight at birth
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
700 g
Postnatal growth rate
Maximum longevity residual
23%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
308ºK or 35.0ºC or 95.0ºF
Basal metabolic rate
2.7930 W
Body mass
940.5 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.002970 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 552533
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 91500
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