The Axolotl

Posted by on 04/08/2011

I would like one of these in my fish tank!

 

 

“The axolotl (pronounced /ˈæksəlɒtəl/), Ambystoma mexicanum, is a neotenic mole salamander belonging to the Tiger Salamander complex.[citation needed] Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled. The species originates from the lake underlying Mexico City and is also called ajolote (which is also the common name for the Mexican Mole Lizard). Axolotls are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate most body parts, ease of breeding, and large embryos. They are commonly kept as pets in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Japan (sold under the name wooper looper (ウーパールーパー Ūpā Rūpā?)) and other countries.[citation needed]

Axolotls should not be confused with waterdogs, the larval stage of the closely related Tiger Salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum and Ambystoma mavortium), which are widespread in much of North America and also occasionally become neotenic, nor with mudpuppies (Necturus spp.), fully-aquatic salamanders which are not closely related to the axolotl but bear a superficial resemblance.[citation needed]”

 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axolotl

 

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