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Endangered axolotl found living in the wild


Posted on Monday, 24 February, 2014 | Comment icon 8 comments

An axolotl in the water. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 LoKiLeCh
Researchers have identified two of the highly endangered creatures living in the lakes of Mexico City.
Having come up empty following an extensive search for signs of wild axolotls last year, experts were ecstatic when they managed to find two of them living in the lakes and canals of the Mexican capital.

Thought to have been extinct in the wild, the axolotl is a small, unusual salamander with plumage-like gills and a slimy tail. Sometimes referred to natively as the "water monster", the species is particularly fascinating to scientists due to its ability to regenerate entire limbs.

"We haven't had any captures, but we have had two sightings," said biologist Armando Tovar Garza. "That's important, because it tells us we still have a chance."

Research efforts will now continue to determine how many wild axolotls are still out there and what can be done to help improve their continued chances of survival.

Source: Times Live | Comments (8)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Junior Chubb on 24 February, 2014, 17:51
I did not realise they had become so rare. I love these crazy looking guys, they're family.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sundew on 25 February, 2014, 0:10
I did not realise they had become so rare. I love these crazy looking guys, they're family. The albino form is not uncommon in pet shops in the U.S., so they must be relatively easy to breed in captivity. Mexico should either capture the few wild ones and start a breeding program, or use ones from the pet trade (assuming the non-albino ones are available) and simply replenish the wild populations. This is sort of standard operation procedure in rare animals, capture them, work out a breeding program, try to find a pristine habitat OR try to "fix" a less-than-ideal habitat and then return a por... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by ancient astronaut on 25 February, 2014, 0:48
Just goes to show you that nature will find a way. No matter what we as a race(human) do to ravage our one and only home, nature will fight back.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Mojohand on 25 February, 2014, 18:53
Global warming will wipe them out anyway...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 26 February, 2014, 1:12
The surprise here isn't that they survived this long...its the fact that they survived in Mexican water for this long.
Comment icon #6 Posted by TheChosenOne13 on 27 February, 2014, 12:02
wow.. I really fancy these extinct creatures, too bad the dirty environment is killing them, I agree with Azznerak the black. why did they survive the lakes of mexico of all places? (really makes me think)
Comment icon #7 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 27 February, 2014, 16:59
Global warming will wipe them out anyway... should of died out like 60 million years ago
Comment icon #8 Posted by Paranomali on 28 February, 2014, 23:19
Yea I've seen black ones in pet stores here in Australia. Funky little things


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