In the wild, most zebrafish live to be one year old. In captivity, zebrafish have a mean lifespan of 42 months. The maximum age observed in captivity was 66 months. Captive zebrafish develop spinal curvature after their second year, which is not observed in natural populations.
Status: captivity: 66 (high) months.
Status: wild: 1 years.
Status: captivity: 42 months.
- Gerhard, G., E. Kauffman, X. Wang, R. Stewart, J. Moore, C. Kasales, E. Demidenko, K. Cheng. 2002. Life spans and senescent phenotypes of zebrafish (Danio rerio). Experimental Gerontology, 37: 1055-1068.
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