as a mounting template, exact mount accuracy was almost never achieved. The concept of exact accuracy in fish taxidermy is a myth that Larry and others are trying to sell to justify their unsupported assertions. There are so many variables that can affect the mount result and they all rest upon the shoulders of the taxidermist. Everything from the method of removing the skin to the type of material used as body cavity filler will have an effect upon the taxidermy presentation. Add to that the normal shrinkage that occurs from the skin drying process and the use of paints and resins and you can see that accuracy ends up taking a back seat to the art. Questions of mount legitimacy raised by Larry Ramsell and others are only suppositions that they are shrouding in a veneer of conjured conclusions based on bad science.