A Tale of Two Axolotls

S. Randal Voss, M. Ryan Woodcock, Luis Zambrano

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Abstract

The Mexican axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is an icon of culture, a revered aquarium pet, and a highly valued animal model in biomedical research. Unfortunately, Mexican axolotls are critically endangered in their natural Xochimilco habitat in Mexico City. If axolotls go extinct, current efforts to conserve the Xochimilico ecosystem will be undermined, as will efforts to genetically manage the laboratory populations that are needed to sustain research efforts around the world. A concerted global effort is needed to protect and manage this irreplaceable species in natural and laboratory environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1134-1140
Number of pages7
JournalBioScience
Volume65
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 25 2015

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© 2015 The Author(s) 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Mexican axolotl
  • Xochimilco
  • paedomorphosis
  • regeneration
  • restoration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences

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