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Can anyone tell me what is so very wrong with this article?

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  1. Craig

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    I occasionally look at all of the taxonomic updates of Australian freshwater turtles on Wikipedia.org and I found a huge error, and another minor one on the Fitzroy River turtle page!

    I have contacted them regarding the errors and shown them proof but they have disregarded my experience and expertise. I have worked in the wild with this species as well as many others.

    Can anyone tell me what the errors are?

    Fitzroy River turtle wikipedia.org.jpg
     
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    They say that the Fitzroy River turtle is only found in the riffle zones of the Fitzroy River... which is complete boohockey.
     
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    Yes that's one mistake, but there is another bigger mistake.
     
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    Being able to obtain up to 70% of its oxygen intake through cloacal respiration and remaining submerged for up to 3 weeks seems a bit light on. I thought it was closer to 90% and they could remain submerged almost indefinitely in ideal conditions.
     
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    No that information is all correct Kev.
     
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    Mmmm, pictured is not a Fitzroy river turtle (:dontknow)? Is it a Krefft turtle?
     
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    Hi Erica, well done you've almost got it. That is the mistake, only the turtle is not a Krefft's turtle! :goodjob:
     
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    Irwin's turtle? Elseya Species??
     
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    Hi Erica, it's actually a male Mary River turtle.
     
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    Here is the photo on Wikipedia and below is the photo I took at Australia Zoo of the same turtle in the same pond. It is definitely a Mary River turtle. I am 100% positive of this.
    Fitzroy_River_Turtle_(Rheodytes_leukops)Wiki2.jpg
    Here is a photo of the same turtle after it lost all of the algae when its scutes were shed (the larger turtle, not the small one).
    Mary River turtle Australia Zoo2.jpg
     
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    Thanks Craig:)! Have you been rubbing that crystal ball of yours again(:dontknow), how do you know it's a male......no rubbing required, just scrolled down :coffee:!

    Had a good search/read of other turtle species, very rewarding indeed(:thumb).
     
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    It's one of the weaknesses in their wiki system - editors are assigned a kind of trust rating based on their past accuracy and fairness, so new editors don't get much of a look in.
     
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