AnAge entry for Suricata suricatta

Classification (HAGRID: 02608)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Carnivora
                Family: Herpestidae
                    Genus: Suricata
Species
Suricata suricatta
Common name
Meerkat

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
20.6 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Large
Data quality
High
Observations

In the wild these animals are estimated to live up to 15 years [0560]. In captivity, one specimen was 20.6 years of age when it died [0434].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
365 days
Male sexual maturity
365 days
Gestation
77 days
Weaning
44 days
Litter size
4 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1
Inter-litter interval
365 days
Weight at birth
29 g
Weight at weaning
225.5 g
Adult weight
776 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0161 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
152%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
309ºK or 36.3ºC or 97.3ºF
Basal metabolic rate
1.7290 W
Body mass
850.0 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.002034 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 621906
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 37032
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