Macropus rufus (Red kangaroo):  

Predictions & Data for this entry

Model:  stx  

MRE = 0.095
SMSE = 0.138

Zero-variate data
ab 33 33.04 (0.001184)dage at birth SharCala1964, AnAge
tx235 235 (2.806e-05)dtime since birth at weaningSharCala1964
tp483 453.9 (0.06024)dtime since birth at pubertySharCala1964
am9855 9851 (0.0004405)dlife spanRobe1986
Lb0.89 0.5915 (0.3354)cmhead length at birthSharFrit1964
Lx13.3 10.43 (0.2157)cmhead length at weaningSharFrit1964
Lp16.5 15.2 (0.0787)cmhead length st pubertySharFrit1964
Li 20 20.66 (0.03323)cmultimate head lengthSharFrit1964
Wwb0.817 0.8222 (0.006334)gwet weight at birth FritShar1964, SharFirt1964
Wwx4500 4509 (0.001926)gwet weight at weaningMunnDaws2003
Wwp1.4e+04 1.395e+04 (0.003311)gwet weight at pubertyPoolCarp1982
Wwi3.5e+04 3.505e+04 (0.001485)gultimate wet weightMunnDaws2003
Ri0.003288 0.003309 (0.006487)#/dmaximum reprod rate MunnDaws2003, AnAge
pL2.393e+05 2.389e+05 (0.001959)J/daverage yearly milk productionCorkDove1989
Uni-variate data
DatasetFigure(RE)Independent variableDependent variableReference
tL see Fig. 1 (0.07428)time since birthhead lengthSharCala1964
tW see Fig. 2 (0.4865)time since birthwet weightSharCala1964
tW2 see Fig. 3 (0.2135)time since birthwet weightSharCala1964
WJO see Fig. 4 (0.1823)wet weightO2 consumptionSharCala1964
Pseudo-data at Tref
DataGeneralised animalMacropus rufusUnitDescription
v 0.02 0.09691cm/denergy conductance
kap 0.8 0.8327-allocation fraction to soma
kap_R 0.95 0.95-reproduction efficiency
p_M 18 22.42J/^3vol-spec som maint
k_J 0.002 0.0021/dmaturity maint rate coefficient
kap_G 0.8 0.8762-growth efficiency
t_0 0 28.5dtime at start development


  • 90 percent of milk production originates from upregulation


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Bibtex files with references for this entry

Jessica Ridenour, 2012/11/12

accepted: 2015/11/06

refer to this entry as: AmP Macropus rufus version 2015/11/06