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Today's featured list

This star symbolizes the featured content on Wikipedia.

On Mondays and Fridays, the Main Page includes a section where an introduction to one of Wikipedia's featured lists is displayed. The current month's queue can be found here. The lists appearing on the main page are scheduled by the featured list director Giants2008.

To appear on the main page, a list must already be featured. For more information on the featured list promotion process, please see Wikipedia:Featured list candidates, and the featured list criteria. In addition to being featured, a main page blurb must be drafted, which introduces the subject of the list. Main page blurbs are roughly 1,000 characters in total length, with no endlines, reference tags, alternate names, or extraneous bolding, although the link to the specified featured list should be bolded. You can submit a list at Wikipedia:Today's featured list/submissions.

At the moment, lists are scheduled by the FL director or the FL delegates, although we will eventually be devising a community-based system for selecting each day's list. We encourage editors to submit and review as many blurbs as possible. If you notice a problem with an upcoming main-page featured list, please leave a message talkpage here.

Further ideas on how you can participate can be found at Wikipedia:Today's featured list/get involved.

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Today's featured list (July 25)

Black and white line drawing of A. J. Raffles

E. W. Hornung's writing career lasted from 1887 until his death in 1921. Born in England, Hornung spent two years in Australia for health reasons, and used his Australian experiences as background to a number of novels once he had returned to Britain to begin writing professionally. Hornung had his first work published in 1887—the short story "Stroke of Five" in Belgravia magazine. His first novel, A Bride from the Bush, was published in 1890. In 1899 he published The Amateur Cracksman, a series of short stories about A. J. Raffles (drawing pictured), a gentleman thief in late-Victorian Britain, and his friend Bunny Manders: the two were the criminal counterparts to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Hornung dedicated the book to his brother-in-law, the writer Arthur Conan Doyle. Hornung was a prolific writer, completing 21 novels, three editions of poetry and two works of non-fiction, but it is for the character of Raffles that he is best remembered. Hornung's son Oscar was killed at the Second Battle of Ypres in July 1915, which marked the end of Hornung's work in fiction. (Full list...)

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Young orangeish bulbous mushrooms are covered in shaggy, scale-like hairs

The majority of species in Armillaria, a genus of fungi commonly known as honey mushrooms, are saprotrophic and live mainly on dead wood, but some are parasites that can cause root and butt rot in over 600 species of woody plants. Some Armillaria species, such as A. gallica (pictured), A. mellea, and A. tabescens, are bioluminescent. The genus once served as a wastebasket taxon; due largely to differing interpretations on the limits of the genus, over 270 species and varieties have been placed in Armillaria. A comprehensive 1995 study by Tom Volk and Harold Burdsall evaluated all of the epithets that have been used in Armillaria. They determined that about 40 species belong to Armillaria sensu stricto; the remaining names belong to species that are distributed among 43 other modern fungal genera. Many species are difficult or impossible to distinguish from each other using observable characteristics. (Full list...)