A recent study reported in the Guardian suggests that the axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) may have disappeared from their last known wild habitat in Mexico.
Scientists from Mexico’s National Autonomous University, described a 2013 attempt by researchers to try catch axolotls in their natural habitat in the Xochimilco network of lakes as “four months of sampling zero axolotls”.
Surveys in 1998 found “an average of 6,000 individuals per square km”, these numbers dropped sharply in subsequent surveys in reaching 1,000 in 2003 and only 100 per square km in 2008.
Froglife’s Conservation Coordinator Dr Silviu Petrovan says “It is terrible news, that the axolotl, one of the best known and most charismatic amphibians is the world is facing such a catastrophic decline and that it could be extinct in the wild”.
Scientist have said that this year, researches will being in early February three months of repeated surveys in the area in the hope of finding the last remaining wild individuals of this species in the lakes.
Read the full Guardian story here
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