[Taxacom] Taxonomy Fail

David Orlovich david.orlovich at botany.otago.ac.nz
Fri Dec 12 15:25:50 CST 2008

... and it has done the rounds of NZ with a common brushtailed possum  
(introduced marsupial from Australia) photograph in the place of the  
opossum. Cheers, David.

On 13/12/2008, at 10:14 AM, Doug Yanega wrote:

>> Dear all,
>> i could not resist to post this link...
>> http://failblog.org/2008/04/22/taxonomy-fail/
> It is funny, but it IS a staged fake; the left-hand "photograph" on
> the poster is from the Wikipedia article on opossums (as of the time
> the image originally started circulating; that photo has since been
> replaced and is not in the opossum article any longer). So, the
> person who made the poster was pulling a stunt, deliberately - there
> never was any such person who found any such animal.
> Peace,
> -- 
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> Museum
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