AnAge entry for Orycteropus afer

Classification (HAGRID: 03671)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Tubulidentata
                Family: Orycteropodidae
                    Genus: Orycteropus
Species
Orycteropus afer
Common name
Aardvark

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

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

One captive specimen lived for 29.8 years [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
730 days
Male sexual maturity
730 days
Gestation
225 days
Weaning
103 days
Litter size
1 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1
Inter-litter interval
365 days
Weight at birth
1,800 g
Weight at weaning
6,250 g
Adult weight
60,000 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0094 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
113%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
308ºK or 34.5ºC or 94.1ºF
Basal metabolic rate
34.2750 W
Body mass
48000.0 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.000714 W/g

References

External Resources

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ITIS 584927
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Taxonomy ID 9818
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