Axolotls can regenerate new limbs, tails, and even heart and brain cells, making them a research opportunity for long-term human health.
Because known populations are few and far between, little is known about the ecology and natural history of axolotls.
Axolotls are excellent lab specimens as they are easy to raise and inexpensive to feed, yet yield amazing research opportunities.
Because they are neotenic, adult axolotls retain the feathery external gills and finned tails from their juvenile stages.
Axolotls are one of 5 paedomorphic, neotenic aquatic salamanders, meaning they do not undergo metamorphosis and retain larval characteristics while living permanently in water.
Even though there is a supply of captive-bred axolotls, wild ones are still being caught and sold illegally for human consumption, medicinal uses, and pets.
The axolotl is critically endangered due to a small area of occupancy, fragmented distribution, and a continuing decline in habitat and number of mature individuals.
While axolotl are usually black in color, other color phases, including white, have been produced in the laboratory.
There is debate as to whether the axolotl should be classified as its own species or as a subspecies of the tiger salamander.
The axolotl is endemic to an area in central Mexico less than 10km² on the southern edge of Mexico City.
The axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum,) is a unique species of mole salamander that displays neotony as it never fully matures and physically resembles a tadpole. While permanently remaining in a larval state, this amphibian fails to metamorphose and, instead, remains aquatic for the entirety of its life … Learn More
Once again, our community has come together and shared its incredible talents in the FaunaFocus Free-For-All competition by creating an array of wonderfully unique works of art inspired by October’s FaunaFocus, the red panda. Nine artists put their work forwards to be judged on Monday, October 29th’s judging livestream, on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page, by judges Noelle M. Brooks, PrendorianCrab, and Draws_With_Kitties. From gouache to digital the diversity of mediums… Read More
The holiday season is approaching and FaunaFocus wants to spread the cheer! Throughout the months of November and December, FaunaFocus will be hosting a Holiday Art Trade and all are welcome to join! Surprise someone with an animal-themed artwork of their choice and receive an artwork, yourself, “Secret Santa” style! GET INVOLVED Sign Up: Submit your contact information and the animal you’d like drawn for you using the form below. Receive Email:… Read More
October Free-For-All Submission Deadline This Sunday
Stephen Michael Scott II is a self-taught freelance illustrator originally from Middletown, Ohio, but currently working from Southeast Michigan. Legally blind in his right eye, he has adopted the name “Blind Coyote.” Stephen specializes in imaginative, yet realistic, illustrations featuring fantastical animal creatures and characters in a variety of light-filled environments. He also enjoys creating anthropomorphic characters inspired by wildlife. An avid student of the arts, Stephen enjoys studying animal anatomy and… Read More
September has come to a close and FaunaFocus had one of its best months yet! Not only did FaunaFocus collaborate with WWF to raise funds to help increase tiger populations, but the Free-For-All had the most entries submitted yet, at 17 entries! Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork or attended the live judging, and special thanks to the experienced judges that offered their time and expertise. All 17 entries were judged… Read More
September Free-For-All Submissions Deadline Tomorrow!
Louis Herlihy has been working as a freelance designer for the past year and a half and is notoriously known for working on digital art and design pieces in the dead of night. Currently working on a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in graphic design at Indiana University Southeast, he finds himself influenced by a wide range of creatives, ranging from the minimalist, conservative Paul Rand, to the experimental and attitude-rooted Stefan… Read More
Thank you to everyone who participated in the WWF Wild-Livestream these past few weeks! FaunaFocus collectively raised $750.00 to help increase the population of endangered tigers! The month’s not over yet and there’s still ways to help. Help further support the World Wide Fund for Nature’s vital work by donating your finished wildlife art: photographs, artwork, media, etc. All animal works are welcome, especially those featuring this month’s FaunaFocus, the tiger! If… Read More
The FaunaFocus 24-Hour Charity Host Train has come to an end! FaunaFocus partnered with the WWF-Australia‘s Wild-Livestream event and featured 11 different artists on Twitch Creative over the course of 24 hours spanning the entirety of Tuesday, October 12th. Each artist created artwork inspired by the endangered tiger species and several different media and styles were represented. Together, viewers and artists were able to surpass the original goal of $200 and raise… Read More
FaunaFocus is hosting its first charity event on Tuesday, September 12th, a 24-Hour Charity Host Train taking place on Twitch! FaunaFocus is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help save the endangered tiger species. The event will start Tuesday morning at midnight Central Daylight Time and continue for a full 24 hours. 11 different artists will be featured, each creating artwork inspired by the tiger and helping to bring… Read More
FaunaFocus is hosting its first charity event during the first half of September! FaunaFocus is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help save the endangered tiger species. WWF Wild-Livestream 2017 FaunaFocus will be participating in the WWF Wild-Livestream 2017 campaign on Tiltify from September 1st to September 15th, 2017. Donations can be made on the FaunaFocus Tiltify page and all proceeds will benefit the World Wildlife Foundation’s tiger… Read More
Another month has flown by and the August Free-For-All has concluded! Eight entries were judged Wednesday, August 30th on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page by judges Noelle M. Brooks, LouisHerlihy, and PrendorianCrab. We had a record turn out this month; much thanks to everyone who submitted entries inspired by the magnificent great horned owl! Many entries ranging from a variety of mediums were inspired by this powerful and bold creature. Congratulations… Read More
The August Free-For-All deadline has been extended from Wednesday, August 30th at 3:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CDT that same day. The Free-For-All judging livesteam will remain at the same time: Wednesday, August 30th, at 9:00 p.m. CDT. In addition to this, August’s Free-For-All winner will be able to choose October’s featured #FaunaFocus animal of the month! September’s featured animal has already been selected for a special event that will be announced… Read More
The month of the Great Horned Owl is nearing its end, bringing us closer to the August Free-For-All contest deadline on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. CST. This is just one week away from today, so if you intend to submit any original work inspired by the Great Horned Owl, please plan accordingly. Additionally, remember to watch this month’s Free-For-All judging livestream on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 9:00 p.m…. Read More
The third Free-For-All has come to an end! 5 entries were judged on Saturday, July 29th on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page by judges Noelle M. Brooks, Stephen Scott, and EternitysEmporium. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries inspired by the critically endangered vaquita! This rare creature provided for a culmination of styles, media, and perspectives, and it was a joy to review all of the artworks. Congratulations to July 2017’s… Read More
July 2017’s FaunaFocus Free-For-All will be ending tonight! The deadline to submit your vaquita-inspired artwork is tonight, Friday, July 28th, 11:30pm Central Daylight Time. Also, don’t forget to tune in for the Free-For-All judging livestream tomorrow night, Saturday, July 29th, at 9:00pm Central Daylight Time on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team. All the entries submitted for July 2017 will be judged, the winner will be announced, and the new #FaunaFocus animal for August 2017 will be revealed! Apply… Read More
The last week of July is here and so is the end of this month’s Free-For-All competition deadline. The deadline to submit your Vaquita related artwork, to be judged in this month’s Free-For-All competition, is this Friday, July 28, 2017 11:30 pm Central Daylight Time. If you have participated in #FaunaFocus this month by creating a vaquita inspired piece of art please consider entering the Free-For-All competition for a chance to win… Read More
The second Free-For-All has been finalized as 5 entries were submitted and judged! All entries were judged on Thursday, June 29th on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page by judges Noelle M. Brooks, Louis Herlihy, and EternitysEmporium. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries representing the colorful ocellated turkey! There was a wonderful culmination of styles, media, and perspectives, and it was a joy to critique all of the vibrant artworks. Congratulations… Read More
Thank you to everyone who participated by submitting an Ocellated Turkey related art piece into the June Free-For-All competition! Don’t forget to tune in tonight at 9:00 pm Central Daylight Time to the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page where all entries will be judged live, and the July FaunaFocus animal of the month will be revealed! FaunaFocus Stream Team Page
June 2017’s FaunaFocus Free-For-All will be ending tonight! The deadline to submit your ocellated turkey-inspired artwork is 11:30pm Central Daylight Time, tonight, Wednesday, June 28th. Apply your finishing touches, and submit your entry! Don’t forget to tune in for the Free-For-All judging livestream tomorrow night, Thursday, June 29th, at 9:00pm Central Daylight Time on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team. All the entries submitted for June 2017 will be judged, the winner will… Read More
The month of June is coming to a close and so is the FaunaFocus Free-For-All competition deadline. If you have created any Ocellated Turkey art throughout the month of June please consider submitting your piece to the competition for a chance to win the following prizes: FaunaFeature: The winning artwork will be displayed prominently on FaunaFocus.com with the artist’s preferred display name and a link to the portfolio or social media platform… Read More
This month’s Free-For-All has come to an end, marking the first ever Free-For-All as complete! 7 entries were judged on Monday, May 29th on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team page by judges Noelle M. Brooks, Louis Herlihy, and PrendorianCrab. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries! There was a wonderful culmination of styles, media, and perspectives, and it made the first FaunaFocus Free-For-All a triumphant success! Congratulations to May 2017’s Free-For-All Winner,… Read More
Thank you to everyone who has submitted an aardwolf-inspired artwork for this month’s FaunaFocus Free-For-All! All 7 entries will be judged and critiqued live on stream, tonight at 9:00pm Central Daylight Time on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team Page. We hope to see you all there, cheering on all the contestants and their artworks!
The FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team is live! Request an invite if you are interested in joining the team. Anyone with a Twitch username is welcome to join, whether you broadcast or not. All that’s required is an interest in wildlife! Once an invite has been sent, accept it in your Twitch Channel Settings. Upon joining the Stream Team, you will receive the “Twitch Stream Team” role in the FaunaFocus Discord Server and have… Read More
Which animal species will become our first #FaunaFocus for the month of May 2017?! Check out the May 2017 #FaunaFocus Poll where you can vote for multiple animals and even add your own species idea. Feel free to share the poll and campaign for your favorite species!