Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Axolotls are an important research animal and have been used in studies of the regulation of gene expression, embryology, neurobiology, and regeneration. Occasionally taken as a food item (substituted for fish), axolotls are prepared by either roasting or boiling and the tail is eaten with vinegar or cayenne pepper. They have also been used for medicinal purposes. (Brunst, 1955a; Smith, Armstrong, and Malacinski, 1989)
Positive Impacts: pet trade; food; source of medicine or drug; research and education
- Smith, H., J. Armstrong, G. Malacinski. 1989. Discovery of the axolotl and its early history in biological research. Pp. 3-12 in Developmental biology of the axolotl. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc..
- Brunst, V. 1955. The axolotl (Siredon mexicanum) I. As material for scientific research. Laboratory Investigation, 4: 45-64.