AnAge entry for Myrmecophaga tridactyla

Classification (HAGRID: 03091)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Pilosa
                Family: Myrmecophagidae
                    Genus: Myrmecophaga
Species
Myrmecophaga tridactyla
Common name
Giant anteater

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

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

One specimen was estimated to be 31 years old when it died in captivity [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
1,186 days
Male sexual maturity
1,186 days
Gestation
184 days
Weaning
56 days
Litter size
1 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1.2
Inter-litter interval
Weight at birth
1,600 g
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
28,500 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0088 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
132%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
306ºK or 32.5ºC or 90.5ºF
Basal metabolic rate
14.5430 W
Body mass
30600.0 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.000475 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 624911
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 71006
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