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Pranked by Audubon: Constantine S. Rafinesque's description of John James Audubon's imaginary Kentucky mammals

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dc.contributor.author Woodman, Neal en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-27T18:35:05Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-27T18:35:05Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Woodman, Neal. 2016. "<a href="https%3A%2F%2Frepository.si.edu%2Fhandle%2F10088%2F28626">Pranked by Audubon: Constantine S. Rafinesque&#39;s description of John James Audubon&#39;s imaginary Kentucky mammals</a>." <em>Archives of Natural History</em>. 43 (1):95&ndash;108. <a href="https://doi.org/10.3366/anh.2016.0349">https://doi.org/10.3366/anh.2016.0349</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 0260-9541
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10088/28626
dc.description.abstract The North American naturalist Constantine S. Rafinesque spent much of the year 1818 engaged in a solo journey down the Ohio River Valley to explore parts of what was then the western United States. Along the way, he visited a number of fellow naturalists, and he spent more than a week at the Henderson, Kentucky, home of artist and ornithologist John James Audubon. During the succeeding two years, Rafinesque published descriptions of new species that resulted from his expedition, including eleven species of fishes that eventually proved to have been invented by Audubon as a prank on the credulous naturalist. Less well known are a number of wild rats described by Rafinesque that include one recognized species (Musculus leucopus) and ten other, imaginary species fabricated by Audubon (Gerbillus leonurus, G. megalops, Spalax trivittata, Cricetus fasciatus, Sorex cerulescens, S. melanotis, Musculus nigricans, Lemmus albovittatus, L. talpoides, Sciurus ruber). Rafinesque&#39;s unpublished sketches of these anim... en
dc.relation.ispartof Archives of Natural History en
dc.title Pranked by Audubon: Constantine S. Rafinesque&#39;s description of John James Audubon&#39;s imaginary Kentucky mammals en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 139429
dc.identifier.doi 10.3366/anh.2016.0349
rft.jtitle Archives of Natural History
rft.volume 43
rft.issue 1
rft.spage 95
rft.epage 108
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Vertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 95
dc.citation.epage 108

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