AnAge entry for Georychus capensis

Classification (HAGRID: 03278)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Rodentia
                Family: Bathyergidae
                    Genus: Georychus
Species
Georychus capensis
Common name
Cape mole-rat
Synonyms
Georychus buffonii, Georychus leucops, Georychus yatesi, Georychus capensis canescens

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
11.2 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Tiny
Data quality
Questionable
Observations

In the wild, these animals have been reported to live up to 3 years [0434]. One captive specimen lived 11.2 years at the Cincinnati Zoo [0671]. Very few specimens have been kept in captivity and thus this species could be considerably longer lived.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
304 days
Male sexual maturity
304 days
Gestation
44 days
Weaning
17 days
Litter size
5 (viviparous)
Litters per year
2
Inter-litter interval
Weight at birth
8.4 g
Weight at weaning
36 g
Adult weight
181 g
Postnatal growth rate
Maximum longevity residual
103%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
310ºK or 36.4ºC or 97.5ºF
Basal metabolic rate
0.6370 W
Body mass
193.0 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.003301 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 584675
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 10177
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