AnAge entry for Metachirus nudicaudatus

Classification (HAGRID: 02933)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Didelphimorphia
                Family: Didelphidae
                    Genus: Metachirus
Species
Metachirus nudicaudatus
Common name
Brown four-eyed opossum

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

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

These animals are short-lived in captivity with a record longevity of 3 years [0671]. Without more detailed studies, however, their maximum longevity could be underestimated, and some anecdotal reports suggest they may live up to 4 years.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
Male sexual maturity
Gestation
Weaning
Litter size
5 (viviparous)
Litters per year
Inter-litter interval
365 days
Weight at birth
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
440 g
Postnatal growth rate
Maximum longevity residual
24%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
308ºK or 35.0ºC or 95.0ºF
Basal metabolic rate
1.1440 W
Body mass
336.0 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.003405 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 552563
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 42725
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