Live fast, die young…OR live four centuries??!! The latest from The Fisheries Blog with artwork by Hannah Dean!
Artwork by The Fisheries Blog Artist, Hannah Dean.
Fish are the most diverse group of vertebrates on earth – almost 28,000 species — more than half of all living vertebrate species. So, perhaps, it isn’t surprising that fish have the record for both the shortest and longest vertebrate lifespan. While a pet Goldfish (Carassius auratus) has a typical lifespan of 6-7 years, they have been reported to live as long as 30 years (Lorenzoni et al. 2007). Still your average aquarium fish cannot compare to these short-lived and long-lived species!
The record for shortest recorded vertebrate lifespan goes to the Coral Reef Pygmy Goby (Eviota sigillata). This little Indo-West Pacific reef fish, less than an inch long, has a lifetime which isn’t much longer. It spends three weeks as larvae, quickly metamorphoses within one to two weeks, and settles…
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