AnAge entry for Macropus rufus

Classification (HAGRID: 02968)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Diprotodontia
                Family: Macropodidae
                    Genus: Macropus
Species
Macropus rufus
Common name
Red kangaroo

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

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

In the wild, these animals have been estimated to live up to 27 years [0434], which is plausible but unverified. There are also anecdotal reports of animals living more than 30 years. These animals are common in zoos, however, and record longevity in captivity is only 25 years [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
517 days
Male sexual maturity
806 days
Gestation
33 days
Weaning
360 days
Litter size
1 (viviparous)
Litters per year
Inter-litter interval
241 days
Weight at birth
0.784 g
Weight at weaning
5,000 g
Adult weight
55,000 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0075 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
96%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
309ºK or 35.9ºC or 96.6ºF
Basal metabolic rate
31.3530 W
Body mass
28500.0 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.001100 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 552740
Animal Diversity Web
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Encyclopaedia of Life
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 9321
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