A 3-year-old, female, captive Mexican Axolotl ( Ambystoma mexicanum ) presented with a significant Lernaea infestation. The animal had a history of poor husbandry prior to recently being rescued by the current owner. The axolotl was anaesthetised using a buffered 0.15% tricaine methanesulfonate (MS-222) immersion bath then moved to a buffered 0.1% MS-222 bath for maintenance. The adult anchor worms were removed manually under anaesthetic. Following recovery, the axolotl enclosure was treated with 0.1mg/L lufenuron added to the water once a week for five treatments. Six months following treatment there has been no recurrence of the Lernaea infestation. This is the first documentation of successful treatment of Lernaea in the Mexican axolotl using lufenuron.

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