AnAge entry for Dama dama

Classification (HAGRID: 02473)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Artiodactyla
                Family: Cervidae (Taxon entry)
                    Genus: Dama
Species
Dama dama
Common name
Fallow deer

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
21.1 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Large
Data quality
High
Observations

Males attain full size at 5-9 years of age and females at 4-6 years of age [0434]. In the wild, it is estimated that these animals live up to 25 years [0542], which is doubtful. Senescence has been observed in the wild in animals of the /mesopotamica/ subspecies [1143]. Record longevity in captivity is 21.1 years [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
487 days
Male sexual maturity
507 days
Gestation
233 days
Weaning
183 days
Litter size
1 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1
Inter-litter interval
365 days
Weight at birth
4,500 g
Weight at weaning
22,570 g
Adult weight
70,000 g
Postnatal growth rate
Maximum longevity residual
78%

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

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ITIS 552472
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Taxonomy ID 30532
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