AnAge entry for Trichosurus vulpecula

Classification (HAGRID: 02994)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Diprotodontia
                Family: Phalangeridae
                    Genus: Trichosurus
Species
Trichosurus vulpecula
Common name
Brush-tailed possum

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

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

Only 25% of individuals survive to live a second year. Compared to other species of the same genus, development appears to be faster in these animals [0434]. One captive specimen lived for 15.9 years [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
315 days
Male sexual maturity
730 days
Gestation
17 days
Weaning
204 days
Litter size
1 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1.5
Inter-litter interval
274 days
Weight at birth
0.279 g
Weight at weaning
740 g
Adult weight
2,395 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0206 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
99%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
309ºK or 36.0ºC or 96.8ºF
Basal metabolic rate
3.8000 W
Body mass
1993.5 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.001906 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 552696
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 9337
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