Have you been wondering how to refer to a group of Axolotls? Not sure what the correct terminology is to use? Well you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve done a little research and I’d like to present what I have found here today.
What Is A Group Of Axolotls Called?
A group of Axolotls is typically referred to as a ‘Harem’. They are also sometimes referred to as a clutch.
Harem. Seems a little strange, right?
Well, here is the definition of the term, which does actually begin to make more sense after you’ve seen it:
Harem: a group of female animals sharing a single mate.
Do Axolotls Live In Groups?
Axolotls are generally solitary creatures (prefer to live on their own), but they can be kept together in captivity (so long as you pair them appropriately and have a sufficient habitat). Equally, they do come together in the wild in specific contexts, such as during the breeding season.
So interestingly, while there is a name for a group of axolotls, they are not known for coming together all that often.
What Is A Male Axolotl Called?
A male axolotl is called a “male axolotl”. There is currently no specific term(s) used to differentiate them from female axolotls.
I know, not very creative, right?
I was expecting some cool, exotic name, but hey, sometimes simplicity is key.
Anyway, now we know that a male axolotl is just called a male.
What Is A Female Axolotl Called?
A female axolotl is called a “female axolotl”. There is currently no specific term(s) used to differentiate them from male axolotls.
I know, I know, it’s perhaps even more of a letdown after learning that males are just called males.
But hey, we’re here to learn, and now we know the correct terms, no matter their gender.
Does keep it simple, though.
Other Axolotl Terms To Be Aware Of
While we’re on the topic of axolotl terminology, I figured I’d share a few other tidbits I’ve picked up in my quest for axolotl knowledge.
Check these out:
- Larvae: Baby axolotls.
- Juveniles: Axolotls that have grown and began to develop arms and legs.
- Regeneration: One of the coolest things about axolotls is their ability to regenerate. They can regrow limbs, tails, and even parts of their brain!
- Neotenic: Axolotls exhibit neoteny, which means they retain their juvenile features throughout their entire lives. They remain aquatic and gilled, never undergoing a complete metamorphosis like other amphibians.
- Gills: Axolotls have feathery, external gills that help them breathe underwater. These gills are usually brightly colored and add to their unique appearance.
- Axanthic: This term refers to axolotls that lack yellow pigmentation, resulting in a grey or black coloration.
- Caudal fin: The axolotl’s tail fin, which aids in swimming and provides propulsion.
- Mudpuppy: Axolotls are sometimes confused with mudpuppies, another type of aquatic salamander. While they share similarities, they are distinct species with different care requirements.
- Metamorphosis: In rare cases, axolotls can undergo metamorphosis and become terrestrial, losing their gills and developing lungs. This process is not common and is usually induced by extreme environmental conditions or hormonal treatments.
I am a practiced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site I created to share everything I’ve learned about pet ownership over the years and my extensive research along the way.