Wikipedia:WikiProject Bivalves

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Bivalves in mythology: The goddess of love floats to shore on one valve of a scallop shell, in The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli c. 1485–1486.

Scope: This WikiProject is a group of people who are working on organizing, improving and expanding Wikipedia's coverage of topics that relate to bivalve mollusks: clams, mussels, oysters, scallops and all of their relatives with two hinged shells, both living and fossil. Bivalves occur not only in saltwater, but also in brackish water and extensively in freshwater. The Project also covers articles on topics related to bivalves, such as articles on their anatomical features and articles about malacologists who do research or did research on bivalve taxonomy. Everyone is welcome to join this endeavor.

This project was started on 1 January, 2012.

To update this chart, use this link.

For a list of new articles that mention bivalves, see User:AlexNewArtBot/BivalvesSearchResult.


If you are willing to work on this project, please add your name at the bottom of this list:



This WikiProject is an offshoot of the WikiProject Tree of Life

WikiProject Science
WikiProject Biology
WikiProject Tree of Life
WikiProject Marine Biology
WikiProject Bivalves

Descendant Wikiprojects: No descendant WikiProjects have been defined.

Related Wikiprojects[edit]

It is worth keeping one eye on several Wikiprojects that may have some overlap with this one, including Wikipedia:WikiProject Gastropods, Wikipedia:WikiProject Cephalopods, Wikipedia:WikiProject Ecoregions, and Wikipedia:WikiProject Marine life.


See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Birds#Structure

Criteria for inclusion[edit]

See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Birds#Criteria_for_inclusion

Names and titles[edit]

The names of mollusks in general do not follow the Bird article guidelines. It may perhaps be appropriate to follow the guidelines developed by the gastropod project. Basically articles on taxa should use the scientific name as the title, unless there is a very widely used common name that is very well known and unambiguous. Common names should probably use sentence case, for example "Atlantic bay scallop", but that preference can be discussed and decided if people do not like that idea.

Article contents[edit]

The following items are desirable for articles of all levels. Text should flow in continuous prose as much as possible.

  • Classification - This is usually made clear using the taxobox information.
  • Description (physical, behavioral) - what makes this (group of) creature(s) different from its close relatives?
  • Ecology, including range and habitat - where does it live? Distribution maps are helpful. Also what does it eat? What animals prey on it? Does it have parasites?
  • Cultural, religious, economic, importance - what impact has it had on humans? Include here use for experimental scientific purposes.

Task list and progress[edit]

  1. Decide which taxonomic system will work for both living and fossil families
  2. Decide on what are the one or two or three most reliable sources we should use for taxonomy and nomenclature
  3. Create article for each of the highest-level taxa
  4. Create article for each taxonomic family
  5. Ensure all family articles are taxonomically consistent
    1. Ensure all articles between the Order and Family rank are taxonomically consistent
    2. Ensure that all articles between the rank of family and genus rank are taxonomically consistent
  6. Create articles for all species and for needed genera
    1. Create links for all species articles within the appropriate articles

Please feel free to check each one of these off as "done" when you feel it has been adequately completed.

Taxonomy and references[edit]

For consistency, all taxonomy articles should start with a sentence in easily understood language describing the group (or species), and if the article is on a marine bivalve, it should have a reference to that taxon at the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), or another equally reliable source. We should try to ensure that the taxonomy in the taxoboxes is consistent throughout the class, and follows from the outline on Bivalvia.

Back when the project started, it was decided that the taxonomy of the Bivalvia should rely on Bieler, R., Carter, J.G. & Coan, E.V. (2010) Classification of Bivalve families. Pp. 113-133, in: Bouchet, P. & Rocroi, J.P. (2010), Nomenc of Bivalve Families. Malacologia 52(2): 1-184, which can be found at: Philippe Bouchet & Jean-Pierre Rocroi Rüdiger Bieler Joseph G. Carter Eugene V. Coan. 2010: Nomenclator of bivalve families with a classification of bivalve families. Malacologia 52: 4-112. However now we are in 2014, the taxonomy as expressed in WoRMS has diverged from that in Bieler et al. As of June 2014, it has not yet been decided what to do about this.

Use a taxobox[edit]

All articles that are about one bivalve taxon need a taxobox. This is something we have inherited from the Tree of Life WikiProject. There are many examples there to look at.

The plan is that there will soon be several examples of bivalve taxoboxes available suitable for cutting and pasting and customizing:

Template for the talk pages[edit]

Please place the following template at the top of every bivalve article's talk pages:

{{WikiProject Bivalves}}

Or better yet, please use the expanded form:

{{WikiProject Bivalves|class=?|importance=?|needs-photo=?}}

This will help to direct editors to this page for guidance. If you can also fill in the class, importance and needs-photo entries in the template, that would be great.

Recent articles[edit]

Please include a link to recently created articles on this sub-page.

Article alerts[edit]

No Article alerts at this time.

Bivalve stubs[edit]

Please mark stub articles with the template below.


Bivalve anatomy navigational template[edit]

Please add any new bivalve anatomy articles to this template as needed, and please add this template to any appropriate articles:

Invitation, and welcome to the project[edit]

Wikiproject Bivalves I've noticed your edits on pages relating to Bivalves; perhaps you'd be interested in joining WikiProject Bivalves.
If you would like more information please visit the project page.

A Barnstar!

A big Welcome to WikiProject Bivalves for you, a new member! ...............

User box[edit]

Wikiproject Bivalves This user is a member of WikiProject Bivalves.

Mollusk barnstar[edit]

AHeliotropiumBarnstar.png The Malacology Barnstar
Awarded to recognize great devotion in the creation and maintenance of high quality articles related to members of the phylum Mollusca. Thank you!

Bivalve barnstar[edit]

SpondylusII.jpg The Bivalve Barnstar
This spiny Spondylus Barnstar is awarded to you in recognition of your excellent articles on the subject of bivalve mollusks. Your efforts are much appreciated!


Main tool page:
  • Reflinks - Edits bare references - adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Checklinks - Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver - Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer - Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.

External watchlist[edit]