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 resources to enhance salamander models.

Salamander Research Network : A Slack Workspace has been setup to facilitate communication among salamander researchers. If you have not already signed up, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an invitation to join!

 

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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