AnAge entry for Hystrix cristata

Classification (HAGRID: 03364)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Rodentia
                Family: Hystricidae
                    Genus: Hystrix
Species
Hystrix cristata
Common name
African porcupine

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

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

One wild born specimen was about 28 years old when it died in captivity [0671], making it one of the longest-lived rodents.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
Male sexual maturity
Gestation
66 days
Weaning
Litter size
2.3 (viviparous)
Litters per year
2
Inter-litter interval
Weight at birth
1,000 g
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
20,000 g
Postnatal growth rate
Maximum longevity residual
125%

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 584681
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 10137
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