Mesocricetus_auratus AnAge entry for Mesocricetus auratus

Classification (HAGRID: 02520)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Rodentia
                Family: Cricetidae
                    Genus: Mesocricetus
Species
Mesocricetus auratus
Common name
Golden hamster

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

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

Although anecdotal reports suggest a higher longevity, which seems unlikely but not impossible, the maximum longevity of this species is 3.9 years [0671]. Their average longevity is 2-3 years with peak fecundity occurring at about 1 year of age [0434].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
48 days
Male sexual maturity
48 days
Gestation
16 days
Weaning
20 days
Litter size
9 (viviparous)
Litters per year
3
Inter-litter interval
Weight at birth
2.45 g
Weight at weaning
22.93 g
Adult weight
105 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0574 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
39%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
311ºK or 38.1ºC or 100.6ºF
Basal metabolic rate
0.6900 W
Body mass
108.2 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.006377 W/g

Species in other databases

GenAge
Genes have been associated with ageing in this organism

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 632735
Animal Diversity Web
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Encyclopaedia of Life
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 10036
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