Top 10 Longest Living Animals

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This week at Discovery News you can learn about the world's longest living amphibian. The "human fish" has just shattered amphibian longevity records.

(Human Fish; Credit: Yann Voituron)

But what about animals that aren't necessarily amphibians? Which ones live the longest?

Yann Voituron, who led the "human fish" study and is a professor at Claude Bernard Lyon University, told me that the following ten animals also have an "extremely long lifespan:"

10. Warty Oreo

140 years

(Image: Tony Ayling)

 

9. Orange Roughy

149 years

(Wikimedia Commons Image)

8. Aldabra Giant Tortoise

152 years

(Muhammad Mahdi Karim)

 

7. Lake Sturgeon

152 years

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

6. Shortraker Rockfish

157 years

(National Marine Fisheries Service)

5. Galapagos Tortoise

177 years

(Matthew Field)

 

4. Red Sea Urchin

200 years

(Kirt Onthank)

 

3. Rougheye Rockfish

205 years

(National Marine Fisheries Service)

 

2. Bowhead Whale

211 years

(NOAA)

 

1. Ocean Quahog

400 years

(Hans Hillewaert)

As a footnote… some animals, such as certain sponges, might be contenders for the Top 10 list, but precise data on their lifespans isn't available yet.

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