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Sci Aging Knowledge Environ. 2002 May 29;2002(21):pe7.

The naked mole rat--a new record for the oldest living rodent.

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Department of Biology, City College of the City University of New York, New York, NY 10031, USA. rbuffen@sci.ccny.cuny.edu

Abstract

We report a new record for the world's longest-lived rodent, a male naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber). On the basis of his weight at capture, this animal was approximately 1 year old when collected near Mtito Andei, Kenya in July/August 1974. He died in April 2002, indicating that he lived for more than 28 years. As such, his life-span surpassed the previous longevity record for a rodent, which was held by a porcupine (Hystrix brachyura) that lived for 27 years and 4 months.

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14602989
DOI:
10.1126/sageke.2002.21.pe7
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