ax·​o·​lotl | \ ˈak-sə-ˌlä-tᵊl How to pronounce axolotl (audio) \

Definition of axolotl

: any of several salamanders (genus Ambystoma especially A. mexicanum and A. tigrinum) of mountain lakes of Mexico and the western U.S. that ordinarily live and breed in the larval form without metamorphosing

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Most of the world’s laboratory axolotls are descended from 34 animals that came to Paris from Mexico in the 1860s. Quanta Magazine, "Salamander’s Genome Guards Secrets of Limb Regrowth," 2 July 2018 Other scientists did take up those investigations, however, and researchers’ salamander of choice became the axolotl. Quanta Magazine, "Salamander’s Genome Guards Secrets of Limb Regrowth," 2 July 2018 Although its genome is about 10 times the size of the human one, which makes the analysis harder, the axolotl’s regenerating capabilities are an obvious lure. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Science Says: Why scientists prize plant, animal genomes," 3 Apr. 2019 Like the charismatic axolotl, this amphibian’s limbs are adorably stubby for its size, and a smug smile constantly plays at the corners of its slimy black mouth. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "The Adorable Chinese Giant Salamander Is Slithering Toward Extinction," 21 May 2018 With gills that flare out when submersed, the salamander looks similar to the axolotl, a relative. National Geographic, "Nuns Resurrect Endangered Salamanders in First-of-its-Kind Conservation Effort," 19 June 2018 The axolotl, with 32 billion DNA bases in its genome, appeared to be in this camp. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A salamander with a genome 10 times the size of ours regrows lost limbs," 25 Jan. 2018 Officials also explained that while head gills on both the lesser siren and axolotl are similar, the two salamanders are actually grouped into different families. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "You might find this creepy, eel-like critter in Indiana waterways," 18 June 2018 The smiling pink amphibian known as the axolotl is hugely popular as a pet, but in the wild has dwindled down to just one poulation in Lake Xochimilco, outside Mexico City. Harrison Takoff, Smithsonian, "Why You Can Walk Into a Store and Buy a Nearly Extinct Animal," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of axolotl

circa 1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for axolotl

Nahuatl āxōlōtl

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