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Can you name the animals with the maximum recorded lifespan?
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Nov 1st, 2009 at 21:39 GMT
I think if you're going to allow 'turtle' for eastern box turtle, you ought to allow 'sturgeon' for lake sturgeon.
Nov 2nd, 2009 at 01:10 GMT
What about sea turtles? Some of them live for over 200 years.
Nov 2nd, 2009 at 01:29 GMT
Thanks, switters. "Sturgeon" is now an acceptable answer. For those interested, the source is The Book of Lists: The Original Compendium of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky, et al, 2005 edition (Knopf Canada).
Nov 2nd, 2009 at 01:49 GMT
I think your source could be incomplete. Granted, I'm going off wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_long-living_organisms#Animals), but there are some obvious omissions. I'm pretty sure some sharks and other fish (eg. koi) outlive many of the animals on this list. The spiny dogfish can live over 100 years (http://www.mote.org/index.php?src=gendocs&link=Shark+Notes&category=Aquarium), and one koi is claimed to have died at 226 (http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?/topic/34936-226-year-old-koi/, but even if this age is not accurate, they can certainly live over 100 years). Finally, some clams have been found with a lifespan over 400 years (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctica_islandica), and there's also a sponge estimated to be over 1500 years old.
Nov 2nd, 2009 at 23:54 GMT
Nov 3rd, 2009 at 20:26 GMT
Pyrophorus is right, your source is missing some pretty big ones. The ocean quahog, antarctic sponge, tuataras... Even though some of them don't have verified ages, they do have conservative estimates that would easily land them on this list. Perhaps you could do some research and update the list.
Nov 3rd, 2009 at 22:34 GMT
great quiz! You could give a little less time though.
Nov 6th, 2009 at 17:42 GMT
Orcas live well over 50 years. If you specify between whales, you should specify between dolphins.
Nov 8th, 2009 at 08:42 GMT
damn, man, i wanna live to 122!
Jan 16th, 2010 at 23:57 GMT
nice quiz. do microscopic organisms count as animals? i saw something that, if conditions got bad, could basically go to sleep until things got better on animal planet. i think one did this for 200 years or so. please correct me if i am wrong.
Jan 21st, 2010 at 04:59 GMT
should accept galapagos tortoise...
Feb 7th, 2011 at 17:55 GMT
Good quiz. New idea. If you wanna get really really specific, recently read that sea turtles technically don't age. They only die due to predation or illness. So there could be a 1500 year old sea turtle out there. Also there is a species of jellyfish (Turritopsis nutricula) that can revert to the polyp stage after becoming sexually mature, aka it is immortal. It isn't really fair to include this though as it cheats.
Jun 11th, 2011 at 06:34 GMT
I love the fact that for Hippo it goes to exact months.
Feb 16th, 2012 at 23:41 GMT
If you are using specific species of whale, the bowhead whale has been estimated at 200 years of age. Great quiz though!
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