AnAge entry for Megaptera novaeangliae

Classification (HAGRID: 02734)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Cetacea (Taxon entry)
                Family: Balaenopteridae
                    Genus: Megaptera
Species
Megaptera novaeangliae
Common name
Humpback whale
Synonyms
Megaptera nodosa, Megaptera braziliensis, Megaptera indica, Megaptera lalandii, Megaptera longimana, Megaptera longipinna, Megaptera osphya, Megaptera versabilis, Balaena nodosa, Balaena lalandii, Balaena longimana, Balaena novaeangliae

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
95 years (wild)
Source
ref. 573
Sample size
Medium
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations
No observations are presently available

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
1,643 days
Male sexual maturity
1,643 days
Gestation
342 days
Weaning
236 days
Litter size
1 (viviparous)
Litters per year
0.5
Inter-litter interval
657 days
Weight at birth
1,350,000 g
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
30,000,000 g
Postnatal growth rate

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
309ºK or 36.0ºC or 96.8ºF
Basal metabolic rate
Not yet available

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 180530
Animal Diversity Web
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Encyclopaedia of Life
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 9773
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