Erratum: Hellraiser, not Hellbender!
I've received an unofficial Weekly Rambling message from Cousin Bill, who supplies the photo above and corrects an error in yesterday's blog entry:
Now here's a real authentic Hellbender [in the photo above]. The blog photo [from yesterday, provided below,] was actually that of a reformed "Hellraiser" -- species "unclecranus" -- taken in the cold shallows of Spring River:
It appears Mr. Trauth photographed our beloved Uncle Cran (note the short, aged and wrinkled birthday suit) lost and wandering Fulton County branches, creeks and rivers, days after making a wrong turn during his weekly bath/swim.Gypsy Scholar regrets having perpetuated the misidentification and thanks the ever-alert Cousin Bill for the correction.
And Uncle Cran, ever shy and inhibited, decided he'd best stay submerged, and allow himself to forever be misidentified in Wikipedia as a Hellbender.
But as an erratum to be corrected in Cousin Bill's message, note that Mr. Trauth's photo is from the Ozark Hellbender website, not from Wikipedia.