Salamanders in Research


Salamanders have served as model organisms for more than a century. A majority of the earliest embryological and morphological analyses of vertebrate development were conducted using salamander embryos. Today, salamanders continue to be the best animal models for several areas of research and a new generation of researchers are adopting salamanders – and in particular the Mexican axolotl - as their primary animal model.  This webpage provides links to projects that are developing genomic and genetic resources to enhance the axolotl model.

Fun Facts

Why is the axolotl genome so large?

As a group, salamanders have larger genomes than the other amphibians.

It doesn’t appear that the axolotl has more genes than other vertebrates (Smith et al., 2009).

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