AnAge entry for Rhincodon typus

Classification (HAGRID: 02293)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Chondrichthyes (Taxon entry)
            Order: Orectolobiformes
                Family: Rhincodontidae
                    Genus: Rhincodon
Species
Rhincodon typus
Common name
Whale shark
Synonyms
Rhiniodon typus

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
54 years (wild)
Source
ref. 822
Sample size
Medium
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

Not much is known about the life history of these animals, the world's largest fish. One study estimated annual survival at 0.825. Age at maturity probably occurs at 13 to 25 years. Maximum longevity is unknown with estimates ranging from 54 years to over 100 years [0782].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
6,935 days
Male sexual maturity
6,935 days
Litter size
300 (viviparous)
Interbirth interval
730 days
Adult weight
18,700,000 g

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 159857
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 259920
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