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International Journal of Zoological Research
Year: 2006  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 362 - 368

The Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum): Factors That Limit its Production and Alternatives for its Conservation

M. Sciences-Hernandez, M. Soriano-Lopez, D. Mota-Rojas, A. Vergara Iglesias, R. Ramirez-Necoechea, A. Olmos-Hernandez, J. Toca-Ramirez and M. Alonso-Spilsbury    

Abstract: Ambystoma mexicanum is an amphibian endemic to Xochimilco Lake in Mexico City. It has been declared in danger of extinction and is under special protection. Some chemical contaminants in the water are extremely high and could be the cause of its high mortality rate in certain areas of Xochimilco. In order to preserve this species it will not only be necessary and fundamental to prohibit fishing axolotls in their natural state, a market study and nutritional chemical analysis will also be necessary in order to establish the organoleptic properties and level of acceptance before a taste panel; that is to say, get to know more about the specie in order to give the product added value offering its meat as an unconventional delicacy. This way the creation of farms that will help its conservation will be justified. On the other hand it is important to mention that the axolotls are very important in scientific research. Since it serves as an amphibious model for many physiological and morphological processes that explain the regenerative process that this species possess. The objective of this study is to emphasize the advantages that the Ambystoma mexicanum has with the intention to rationally exploit these attributes in order to achieve its conservation.

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