AnAge entry for Dipodomys merriami

Classification (HAGRID: 03348)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Rodentia
                Family: Heteromyidae
                    Genus: Dipodomys
Species
Dipodomys merriami
Common name
Merriam's kangaroo rat

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

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

One wild born specimen was about 9.7 years old when it died in captivity [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
102 days
Male sexual maturity
Gestation
28 days
Weaning
20 days
Litter size
2.3 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1.6
Inter-litter interval
54 days
Weight at birth
2.92 g
Weight at weaning
17.6 g
Adult weight
42 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0368 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
112%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
310ºK or 37.0ºC or 98.6ºF
Basal metabolic rate
0.2460 W
Body mass
37.6 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.006543 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 180241
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 94247
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