axolotl


axolotl
/ak"seuh lot'l/, n.
any of several salamanders of the genus Ambystoma that inhabit lakes and ponds of Mexico and remain in the larval stage as sexually mature adults.
[1780-90; < Nahuatl axolotl, equiv. to a(tl) water + xolotl page, male servant]

* * *

      (Ambystoma, formerly Rhyacosiredon or Siredon, mexicanum), salamander of the family Ambystomatidae (order Caudata), notable for its permanent retention of larval features, such as external gills. It is found in lakes near Mexico City, where it is considered edible. The name axolotl is also applied to any full-grown larva of Ambystoma tigrinum (tiger salamander) that has not yet lost its external gills. A. mexicanum grows to about 25 cm (10 inches) long and is dark brown with black speckling. Both albino and white mutants, as well as other colour mutants, are common. The legs and feet are rather small, but the tail is long. A fin extends from the back of the head to the tip of the tail. A lower fin extends from between the hind legs to the tip of the tail.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Axolotl — (Ambystoma mexicanum) Systematik Klasse: Lurche (Amphibia) Ordnung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • axolotl — [ aksɔlɔtl ] n. m. • 1640; mot aztèque , par l esp. ajolote ♦ Zool. Larve d amblystome qui peut se reproduire à l état larvaire. ● axolotl nom masculin (mot aztèque) Amphibien urodèle des eaux douces du Mexique, se reproduisant en général à l… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • axolotl — AXOLÓTL s.m. Stadiu larvar acvatic al unei specii de salamandre. [var. (după unele surse) axolot. / < fr. axolotl < cuv. mexican]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN …   Dicționar Român

  • Axolotl — Ax o*lotl, n. [The native name.] (Zo[ o]l.) An amphibian of the salamander tribe found in the elevated lakes of Mexico; the siredon. [1913 Webster] Note: When it breeds in captivity the young develop into true salamanders of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • axolotl — см. Приложение 1. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • axolotl — axolotl. См. аксолотль. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Axolotl — Axolotl, Amphibie, so v.w. Acholott …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Axolotl — (Wasserspiel, Amblystoma tigrinum Green, A. mexicanum Cove. s. Tafel »Schwanzlurche I«, Fig. 5 u. 6), Schwanzlurch aus der Unterordnung der Salamandrinen, 14 cm lang, gedrungen gebaut, mit dickem, breitem Kopf, dickem Schwanz, vierzehigen Vorder …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Axolotl — Axolōtl (Amblystŏma mexicānum Cope [Tafel: Amerikanische Tierwelt, 23]), ein mexik. Molch, dunkelbraun, mit kleinen dunklen und hellen Flecken, ist schon im Larvenstadium (Sirēdon pisciformis Shaw.) fortpflanzungsfähig, in Aquarien leicht haltbar …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • axolotl — (n.) 1786, genus of Mexican salamanders, from Spanish, from Nahuatl, lit. servant of water, from atl water + xolotl slippery or wrinkled one, servant, slave [Cf. Frances Karttunen, An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl ] …   Etymology dictionary

  • axolotl — [ak′sə lät΄ l] n. [Sp < Nahuatl a:šo:loλ < a:λ, water + šo:lo:λ, naked] any of various members of a genus (Ambystoma) of dark salamanders of Mexico and the W U.S. that mature sexually and breed while remaining in the gilled larval stage due …   English World dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.