|Screenshot from New Scientist website (link) by BotanicalAccuracy.com, 18 Aug 2016. Fair use.|
|Screenshot from Getty Images by BotanicalAccuracy.com on 18 August 2016 of |
'Close-Up of Moss on Rocks' photo (link), featuring a lichen, not a moss. Fair use.
White lichens, green mosses, and Swedish Christmas...
Reindeer moss is a lichen, not a moss
So how to avoid mistakes like this? It would be very helpful if stock photo companies demanded accurate descriptions of photos, and if media checked the images with the people that know, not the least the authors of the paper that is featured. I can just imagine their frustration and possible horror to have their bryophyte story illustrated with a photo of a lichen, especially since there are so many gorgeous moss photos.
PS. Thanks to TT who notified me of this mistake, which hopefully will be corrected by the New Scientist editors very soon.
PS2. UPDATE: The photo is now corrected in the article in New Scientist.