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Apr 2017

Daemon Fauna – Axolotl Whale

Posted by / in Fan Art, Science / 7 comments

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Simulation HK00598

Cetisiren giganteus, aka “Axolotl Whale”


The land ecosystem is growing well, so I’ve devoted some time to aquatic biomes.

I’ve always been fascinated by neoteny, especially in salamanders (which I’m even fonder of than geckos, if I’m being honest), and the mountain lakes of Minerva display prime conditions for its selection. My grants dictate developing organisms with “economic utility”, so instead of just designing the perfect mudpuppy, I took it up an order of magnitude or 3.

C. giganteus is a filter-feeder, designed to optimally consume the microflora already in production. Along with benefiting from and controlling their growth, it can provide a large source of healthy protein.

Based on the Ambystomatidae, the Axolotl Whale will grow up to 5 meters in length. It can aestivate like a lungfish, and has the ability to metamorphose into a land form if conditions are inhospitable. External gills supplement working lungs, allowing it to survive in and around the deep, cold, low oxygen lakes I engineered it for.

Also, it’s a freaking 15 foot Axolotl.

Dr. Havva Koçak



C. giganteus is doing well. Size was an issue in some of the environs, so I’ve included some growth-modulation capabilities based on food supply and habitat size. Added to VB_001, which is finally almost ready for ex silico.



[art by Ethan Kocak of Black MudPuppy]


  • Matt [in Middletown]

    Aquaman runs into this thing and tries to talk to it.
    He receives a barbarian growl as response before being brutally axolotl’d to death.

    • Honza Prchal

      It only wished to ax him a question …

  • Honza Prchal

    As Matt intuited, Aztec horrors tend not to play well with others, HOWEVER amphibians are remarkably sensitive to nastiness in their environment. maybe he gave them some feline mitochondrial robustness, or maybe he wanted a clear signal or pollution before pollutants made the local spirulina growths unpalatable to people.
    “Also, it’s a freaking 15 foot Axolotl.”
    Has the author of Black Mudpuppy seen this?

    • Ethan designed and drew it ;)

      • Honza Prchal

        Ah. I see that now. Whoopsie.

      • Honza Prchal

        Saw this and thought of you two.
        I expect that hunting the Axolotl whale would be difficult, BUT we did eat enough woolly mammoths, North American camelids, and American equines to end them, even with stone age technology, so …

  • Honza Prchal

    From this article in the WSJ, there’s this – Then in January researchers reported they had cracked the biggest genome yet, the 32 billion pairs belonging to the axolotl, also called the Mexican salamander. Mr. Hunkapiller says there’s no grand theory to explain why some genomes are so much longer than others, but in amphibians the repetition may contribute to their ability to regenerate. “An axolotl is a classic example: You can cut a leg off and it grows back. You can’t do that with your leg, right?” he says. “They tend to have redundancy in their genome, and there’s some thought that that has something to do with the ability to do that.”
    Good luck on your thesis defense. May this calm your nerves at your result, salve the bitter taste of defeat, or be the mental champagne for your richly deserved victory.