AnAge entry for Gerbilliscus afra

Classification (HAGRID: 02667)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Rodentia
                Family: Muridae
                    Genus: Gerbilliscus
Species
Gerbilliscus afra
Common name
Cape gerbil
Synonyms
Tatera afra, Gerbillus africanus, Meriones caffer, Meriones schlegelii, Tatera afra gilli

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

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

One specimen lived 5.7 years in captivity [0671]. Age at sexual maturity largely depends on the season of birth [0455].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
152 days
Male sexual maturity
115 days
Gestation
23 days
Weaning
Litter size
3.9 (viviparous)
Litters per year
6.5
Inter-litter interval
Weight at birth
4.5 g
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
74.8 g
Postnatal growth rate
Maximum longevity residual
60%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
307ºK or 34.0ºC or 93.2ºF
Basal metabolic rate
1.0160 W
Body mass
106.5 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.009540 W/g

References

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