Shortest recorded vertebrate lifespan found in a coral reef fish

Depczynski, Martial, and Bellwood, David R. (2005) Shortest recorded vertebrate lifespan found in a coral reef fish. Current Biology, 15 (8). pp. 288-289.

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Abstract

Extreme short lifespans are of interest because they mark current evolutionary boundaries and biological limits within which life’s essential tasks must be successfully accomplished. Here we document the remarkable eight week lifespan of the coral reef pygmy goby Eviota sigillata [1] (Figure 1A): the shortest recorded lifespan for any vertebrate. Coral reef pygmy gobies spend their first three weeks as larvae in the open ocean before undergoing metamorphosis and returning to settle on the reef, where they mature within 1–2 weeks and have a maximum adult lifespan of just three and a half weeks.

Item ID: 6177
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: coral reef fish; lifespan; vertebrate
ISSN: 1879-0445
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2010 03:16
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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