AnAge entry for Nothobranchius furzeri

Classification (HAGRID: 03620)

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Teleostei
            Order: Cyprinodontiformes
                Family: Aplocheilidae
                    Genus: Nothobranchius (Taxon entry)
Nothobranchius furzeri
Common name
Turquoise killifish

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
1.1 years (captivity)
ref. 1120
Sample size
Data quality

The turquoise killifish is an extremely short-lived animal that shows an accelerated ageing process. Compared with similar species, these animals also mature earlier and grow quicker [0663]. They are the shortest-lived vertebrate species bred in the lab [1197]. Large differences in ageing phenotypes have been observed between strains with maximum lifespan in a laboratory strain reportedly of 32 weeks [0889]. However, wild-derived populations can live over one year in the lab [1120]. Differences in lifespan between strains have been genetically linked to sex [1227]. The sex chromosomes of turquoise killifish display features of early mammalian XY evolution [1228].

Ageing turquoise killifish show reduced learning performances, gliosis and reduced adult neurogenesis. One study demonstrated that as these animals age neurogenesis and extracellular matrix genes rapidly decay in the brain and synaptic and axonal genes progressively decay [1198]. Genes related to ageing are clustered in specific regions of the genome [1228]. Telomerase deficient turquoise killifish display the fastest onset of telomere related pathologies among vertebrates [1197].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
Male sexual maturity
28 days
Adult weight


No information on metabolism is available.


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