Wikipedia:WikiProject Tree of Life

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A few Wikipedians have come together to make some suggestions about how we might organize data in these articles. These are only suggestions, things to give you focus and to get you going, and you shouldn't feel obligated in the least to follow them. But if you don't know what to write or where to begin, following the below guidelines may be helpful. Mainly, we just want you to write articles!

Scope and descendant projects[edit]

This WikiProject aims primarily to represent the taxonomy and relationships of living organisms, as well as their extinct relatives, in a tree structure. Since there are millions of species, not all will be included, but we aim to handle as many as information, time, and interest permit.

This WikiProject descends from WikiProject Biology. Various other WikiProjects may be based on it to better treat specific groups. Currently there are:

Article titles[edit]

In cases where there is a formal common name (e.g. birds), or when common names are well-known and reasonably unique (e.g. "Cuvier's dwarf caiman"), they should be used for article titles. Scientific names should be used otherwise.

See Wikipedia:Naming conventions (flora) for article titles for plant names and Wikipedia:Naming conventions (fauna) for article titles for animal names.

Note the following guidelines in using scientific names:

  • Names of genera are always italicized and capitalized–Homo, Rosa, Saccharomyces.
  • Species epithets are always italicized and preceded by the name of the genus or an abbreviation of it— Homo sapiens or H. sapiens, but never plain sapiens, since such identifiers need not be unique. They are never capitalized.
  • Names of higher taxa are capitalized but not italicized— Hominidae, Mammalia, Animalia.

In cases where a group only contains a single subgroup, the two should not be separated (unless the higher-ranked group has had multiple circumscriptions, and an article is written to cover them all). If there is no common name, the article should generally go under the scientific name that is most often used when discussing the group, or under the scientific name of lowest rank if there is no clear preference. However, for a genus that contains a single species, the genus name should be used since it is included in the binomial nomenclature. For instance the order Amphionidacea, which has the single species Amphionides reynaudii, is discussed at Amphionides.

Not all species need have separate articles. The simplest (and probably best) rule is to have no rule: if you have the time and energy to write up some particularly obscure subspecies that most people have never even heard of, go for it! As a general guideline, though, it's best to combine separate species into a single entry whenever it seems likely that there won't be enough text to make more than a short, unsatisfying stub otherwise. If the entry grows large enough to deserve splitting, that can always be done later.

A useful heuristic is to create articles in a "downwards" order, that is, family articles first, then genus, then species. If you find that information is getting thin, or the family/genus is small, leave the species information in the family or genus article. Don't try to force it down any further.

Common name capitalization[edit]

See Wikipedia:Manual of Style#Animals, plants, and other organisms. Generally, common names are not capitalized, except inasmuch as they contain proper nouns or begin a sentence. WP:WikiProject Birds prefers that the names of bird species are always capitalized in articles about birds, in keeping with ornithological conventions.

Taxoboxes[edit]

Example taxobox
Cetaceans
Humpback Whale breaching
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Brisson, 1762
Suborders

Mysticeti
Odontoceti

The full taxobox guide is located at Wikipedia:Taxobox usage.

Detailed taxonomic information, including notes on how taxa are defined and how they vary between different systems, belongs in the article proper. Where possible, however, a standard table will be provided to allow easier navigation between related groups and quick identification of what sort of organisms are being discussed. These are called taxoboxes. A typical taxobox is shown at right (it belongs on the top right of the page Cetacea).

There are three main sections to the taxobox:

  • A header showing the name of the group, sometimes followed by a representative image.
  • A table showing the placement of the group in a typical classification system.
  • A footer, whose content varies, showing the binomial name or a species, or a list of subgroups for higher taxa.

Some items that are often included, but are not (necessarily) standardized, include:

Position: The taxobox generally belongs at the top right corner of the article, unless it has been decided otherwise on the relevant talk page - for instance, if the article is not primarily about the biological group.

For cultivars — cultivated varieties of plants — don't use a taxobox; instead use a cultivar infobox as described at Wikipedia:WikiProject Tree of Life/Cultivar infobox.

For breeds of animals, don't use a taxobox; instead use the appropriate breed template; see for example Wikipedia:WikiProject Dog breeds and Wikipedia:WikiProject Horse breeds.

Talkpages[edit]

Tag talkpages with: {{WikiProject Tree of Life|class=|importance=}}

Categories[edit]

Major groups should be given their own categories. When possible, these should use the common name in the plural. In general, only articles about major subgroups should be added, and more specific articles should be included in subcategories. However, when there are only a few articles about members of the group, they can all go directly into the main category. Use your judgement on when to split, aiming for an approximate category size of 10-50 articles.

Note that in addition to taxa, categories may also contain informal subgroups. For instance Category:Primates may include an article or subcategory for monkeys, although they are not treated as a formal group. They may also include some other articles that pertain specifically to members of the group, although they are not about them.

Categories related to the biota[1] of a region should be based on the common grouping of that region used by zoological, botanical, mycological etc. publications. For example, if it is common to separate a region based on political boundaries (as in parts of Europe), categories should be separated by countries. If it is common to separate regions based on geographic features (such as New Guinea), categories should be separated by geographic region.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biota are the total collection of organisms of a geographic region or a time period. See: Biota (ecology)

Taxonomic resources[edit]

The taxonomy of many groups is in a state of flux, and it is not always possible to find a single satisfactory classification, and we would be doing a great disservice by pretending otherwise. The best would be to try and find out what the current consensus is, if there is one, and make notes on variant systems. In this, the following resources may be helpful:

General taxonomy[edit]

  • NCBI database − attempts to incorporate phylogenetic and taxonomic knowledge from a variety of sources.
  • The Tree Of Life Web Project − phylogeny, but without ranks; becoming out of date due to lack of updates.
  • UC Berkeley: History of life through time − phylogenetic cladograms; many well-summarized groups with illustrations; many pages "under construction"; links to other useful sites
  • Mikko's Phylogeny Archive
  • Biosis Index to Organism Names
  • Paleobiology Database : taxonomic and distributional information about the entire fossil record of plants and animals.
  • Systema naturae − usually gives multiple breakdowns for groups, which is sometimes confusing but can be very useful.
  • www.itis.gov − an automated reference database of scientific and common names for species built within a working hierarchy. ITIS partners with Species 2000 to build the Catalog of Life. Covers a lot of ground, but is often incomplete or idiosyncratic. ITIS pages older than a few years or with no review date should not be used, and in general ITIS cannot be considered a reliable source on its own. (Note domain used to be www.itis.usda.gov . Deleting the usda component may restore the link.
  • Species 2000 − a list of specific taxonomic (current) databases, covering contemporary and fossil organisms.
  • Systax - a database system for systematics and taxometry based at the University of Ulm, Germany, which can be used as an alternative to the Itis system listed above.
  • Kluge Principles of taxonomy
  • Global Names Index - A repository of ~18 million names (species, genus + alternate names and attributions from author) from a multitude of source.

Animals[edit]

  • Animal Diversity Web from the University of Michigan - Very informative
  • Lepidoptera and other species (mostly related to Lepidoptera, such as popular butterfly plants, etc.). Info collected from other sources, not sure how accurate it all is. Interesting note: he has a (open source) perl script generating range maps automatically from distribution text.
  • BugGuide.net--extensive resource on taxonomy and identification of North American arthropods. Experts in many fields visit and help with taxonomy.
  • Diptera.info--extensive resource on taxonomy and identification of Diptera. Experts members help with taxonomy
  • Hymis forum--extensive resource on taxonomy and identification of Hymenoptera. Experts members help with taxonomy
  • Mesozoic mammals - Containing much information about Mesozoic mammals and relatives.
  • Fauna Europaea - Database of all European land and freshwater animals.
Gastropods (Mollusca)

Please use the taxonomy of Bouchet and Rocroi, for details see Taxonomy of the Gastropoda (Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005). This is the taxonomy we have updated to at WikiProject Gastropods. Please note that this taxonomy uses clades between the ranks of class and superfamily. For published updates to some parts of this taxonomy that have occurred since 2005, see Changes in the taxonomy of gastropods since 2005.

Bivalves (Mollusca)

We are using the taxonomy of Bieler, R., Carter, J.G. & Coan, E.V. (2010) Classification of Bivalve families. Pp. 113-133, in: Bouchet, P. & Rocroi, J.P. (2010), Nomenchttps://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:WikiProject_Bivalves&action=edit&section=9#lator 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.

Solenogastres (Mollusca)

WP's taxonomy currently uses García-Álvarez, Óscar; v. Salvini-Plawen, Luitfried (2007). "Species and diagnosis of the Families and Genera of Solenogastres (Mollusca)". Iberus 25 (2): 73–143. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. 

Cephalopods (Mollusca)
Platyhelminths (Turbellaria)

Baguñà, J.; Riutort, M. (2004). "Molecular phylogeny of the Platyhelminthes". Canadian Journal of Zoology 82 (2): 168. doi:10.1139/z03-214.  edit, reflected in "Turbellarian taxonomic database". 

Fish
Amphibians and Reptiles
Birds
  • Avibase - Database including all the world's bird species.
Mammals

Plants[edit]

Likewise, the following sites can help find taxonomic authors and abbreviations:
  • IPNI, authors search Note that the author database is separate from the plant name databases: the author database is authoritative. The plant name databases are "as is" and should be used as a search aid (invaluable as such) rather than as any kind of authority.

Fungi[edit]

  • Index Fungorum - database of fungus species, genus and higher names, with all historical synonyms and indication of current name
  • MycoBank - nomenclatural and taxonomical database, similar in purpose and coverage to Index Fungorum
  • ITIS, which covers other kingdoms as well

Protists and Prokaryotes[edit]

Viruses[edit]

Other resources[edit]

Photos

Requested photographs[edit]

If you wish to have a photo uploaded please add {{Image requested|animals}} on the talk page of the article. Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of animals lists these requests - if you can upload a photograph of any of these it would be appreciated.

Related WikiProjects[edit]

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  • andy Mostly adding taxoboxes where I spot them missing, and occasionally adding articles on Amphibians
  • Al-Ghazali
  • Allthingstoallpeople (talk) 14:45, 12 January 2010 (UTC) Hundreds of photos of rare animals and plants from 15 years of travel in the Amazon rainforest, Galapagos Islands and sub-Saharan Africa -- enquiries welcome. CC licensing available.
  • AlphaEta Prokaryotes and ruminants
  • Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason - going to help with changing the taxoboxes over to the new template syntax.
  • Anaxial
  • Antarctic-adventurer - Mainly gastropods (nudibranchia) and some marine fishes. This project needs to get going, there are millions of species to do!
  • AntarcticPenguin
  • Aranae Mostly rodents
  • User:AshLin Lepidoptera, Birds, Reptiles, Spoken articles for TOL wikiprojects
  • Avalik Mammals, frogs, and birds will be my thing.
  • Ba'Gamnan I am interested in Biology and in Photography.
  • Belizian I just take nature pictures in the Jungles of Belize, request welcome.
  • Bibliomaniac15 - I like and research organisms in general. However, why isn't there a WikiProject for Reptiles or Amphibians?
  • Bob the Wikipedian (talkcontribs) : I'm a zoology/paleobiology enthusiast. I also hunt for bugs, particularly brown recluses and other spiders. Also-- if someone would like a photo or video shot of an animal native to Vanderburgh County, IN, I'd be happy to try to fill the request.
  • Bolosphex My main interest is Hymenoptera centering on Aculeata, Vespidae and especially Eumeninae
  • bondolo Anything that lives in marine aquariums
  • Calaka (talk) 07:54, 22 March 2010 (UTC) - Assuming all goes well I would make regular contributions based on the Global Names Index.
  • Caudata Lizards and snakes mostly
  • Charlie the Pig I love taxonomy
  • Chinasaur Going to try to add some images from the largely public domain NSF Image Library.
  • Chris_huh
  • Chrisrus
  • ComfyKem (talk) - I will be hanging around virus articles, bringing them up to date with the ICTV[1]
  • Coyoty Disambiguations, proofreading, etc.
  • Cryoboy I started the Cnidarians Wikiproject, I am also interested in primates.
  • User:Dabs:Dabs - evolution, phyloinformatics; interested in improving the Tree of Life topic page and making this more of a resource
  • Dalf | Talk - Right now mostly doing house keeping stuff and mostly that in the extinct animals space.
  • Dan Koehl I am now trying to implement the templates on the swedish wikipedia.
  • DanielCD My main interest is in plants, fossils and extinct animals/organisms; adding taxoboxes where I find them missing, etc.
  • Daniel Mietchen, general interest in taxonomy, phylogeny and evolution; primarily adding sources and images.
  • Dante Alighieri | Talk If I happen to be working on a plant/animal article with a missing taxobox, I usually try to put one in.
  • Darthgriz98 Zoology, biology, the environment, and ecology related articles are my usual contributions
  • DarthVader Trying to sort out classification, especially problems with Dinosauria and Primates.
  • Dawson - Primarily reptiles and amphibians, photography.
  • Demi - slow and desultory contributions on fish, esp. elasmobranchs like bat rays
  • Dinoguy2 Dinosaur-like birds, bird-like dinosaurs, and taxonomy.
  • Divingpetrel Taxon authorities.
  • Dracontes All kinds of prehistoric creatures (mainly dinosaurs).
  • DSWebb I'll do whatever I can on anything biological.
  • Eclecticology
  • EdWBaker Started WikiProject Phasmatodea. Mainly work with insects and gastropods
  • Elapied 10:44, 14 February 2007 (UTC) (earthworm taxonomy, mainly from South America, and also different invertebrate groups of marine life).
  • ElCharismo - I've always had a passion for taxonomy, and I'm very intrigued by this WikiProject. Here's to the proliferation of taxoboxes, untangling of reference roots, and healthy branching of the Tree of Life: Víva Biology!
  • Eliezg - mostly marine mammals, particularly pinnipeds.
  • EncycloPetey - bryophytes, pteridophytes, monocots, and some algae and fossil plants (but working more on Wikispecies these days).
  • Faendalimas - Taxonomist specialising in nomenclature, ICZN and focussed on Turtles living and fossil species.
  • Froggydarb - Mostly Australia frogs, other Australian animals and other frogs.
  • Furius Just fleshing out Bovidae animals
  • Gangleri I arrived here because I saw that some Tree of Life articles, categories (maybe also lists) (also from other languages) are not linked to la.Wikipedia. Having Icelandic Sheepdogs I search dog related articles in other Wikipedias and link them together for the dog breeds project.
  • Gaff
  • GerardM Mainly in using information for use in other wikipedia's and for promoting the universal taxobox in stead of an only en:taxobox.
  • Graham Created a template ({{TSN}}) for the common ITIS link, and am trying to apply it where appropriate. (See Springtail for an example.)
  • Hadal Currently focusing on fish but will write about anything with a heartbeat.
  • Hey Jude mostly North American birds.
  • Iorsh Wild flora of Israel. I'm an amateur - most my contributions are stubs with taxobox and a photo.
  • Ingoolemo Currently mammals, will probably end up doing a lot of stuff on various organisms. I try to be as scientific as possible, but the problem is that taxonomy and biology aren't exactly the areas I specialise in.
  • Intelligentsium Most animals, generally vertebrates
  • Invertzoo Primarily gastropods, but also bivalves, chitons, scaphopods, a few cephalopods, and some other invertebrates, aquatic and terrestrial, a little paleontology too.
  • IronChris 18:07, 8 April 2006 (UTC)
  • jaknouse Plants in general, especially ferns; have done some members of non-plant groups when noticeably missing
  • Jasonaltenburg Bugs, plants, trees, and photos.
  • Jim mainly birds
  • JoJan : mostly Project:Gastropods; taxoboxes; common names
  • Josh Grosse Mostly though not entirely protists.
  • Jurriaan Mostly reptiles and amphibians
  • Justin Random improvements, sometimes related to integration with iNaturalist.org.
  • Jwinius Snakes, mostly viperids, entire viperine subfamily.
  • KEncyclopediaB Photography of animals, mostly in herpetology references. But, I will try to also put in information on such in the same category.
  • KMLP Algae
  • KnowledgeRequire Working on various subjects in Zoology and Botany; mostly Mammals and Reptiles
  • --KQ (intermittently, when something has been dumbed down enough to be legible to the unwashed masses)
  • Trevor Dykes (I'll try. My main interest is Mesozoic mammals and the like. I do wash, but I'm strictly an amateur.)
  • Kugamazog I'll be mostly under WikiProject Lepidoptera
  • LDan
  • Liopleurodon93 Im interested in palaeontology, I write articles about prehistoric animals and fishes. Major articles that I created Psarolepis.
  • liquidGhoul Mostly Australian frogs, but also any Australian animals/plant and any frog.
  • Macgreco Mainly Brazilian birds and mammals.
  • Magnus Manske
  • M Alan Kazlev - interest in history of life in general. Most familiar with various Paleozoic and Mesozoic amphibians and reptiles, and some invertebrate groups, e.g. Molluscs (especially nautiloids, gastropods, etc). Disclaimer: I'm a lay-writer and armchair enthusiast only.
  • MarcoTolo - Microbes of all shapes and sizes: bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.
  • Marshman Mostly angiosperms, but some invertebrates groups as well (Annelida, Arthropoda) from my previous life
  • MattDP General editing on natural history, with an emphasis on the taxonomy and study of dinosaurs and extinct arthropods.
  • Maveric149
  • Maverx Trying to help out in phylum chordata specifically Tunicates
  • Merovingian: I'm most interested in Bacteria, Archaea, Fungi, Protista, etc.
  • Miwa Primarily birds, but I'll Wiki-spackle just about anything where necessary.
  • Monk of The Highest Order I'm a bird man... na na na na na na... oh wait? Oh yeah, I just have a boxload of eastern north america bird books, so I'll be... processing the information onto wikipedia. If you know what I mean.
  • MPF Main interest in Pinophyta, also trees and other plants more generally
  • Mr. Lefty Pretty much whatever.
  • Neutrality (hopefully!) (endemic species)
  • Mycota - Where are all the mycologists? As always, the fungi have been ignored. Sigh...
  • Neferkheperre Cirripedia, aka barnacles, fossil and modern. Oysters, also, as they are such great places to find barnacles. I am working on Wikipedia and Wikispecies to get Cirripedia up to a high quality level. I am after making it easier to find synonymy and type locality/type repository data easy to find. It can be a chore.
  • Nessie (talk) 21:07, 4 December 2009 (UTC) Just want to help where I can. I feel sad for some of these neglected species.
  • Nighthawk4211 I'm working mainly on the Orchidaceae.
  • NoahElhardt - Mainly carnivorous plants and California natives.
  • Robert Nash - Mainly insect taxa and phylogenetics
  • Pengo - Red List Categories ("Conservation Status") and the taxobox
  • nixie works on all organisms and viruses too, currently interested in increasing coverage of various plant pests
  • Peter1968 - helping out with Australian flora, mainly rainforest species.
  • PhD Dre - Chronic since 1992.
  • Peter Maas: mainly mammals and extinct species.
  • Phlebas Dinosaurs and fishes, mostly. Oh, and ostracods maybe too.
  • Prashanthns Indian flora and fauna
  • Princess Janay (talk) 21:30, 17 February 2008 (UTC)I already helped out. I created a much-requested biology article on The leaf is affected with Monochaetia fungi, a genus of Amphisphaeriaceae, a family of fungi.
  • Obsidian Soul (talk) 07:10, 21 January 2011 (UTC) - Anything really. Botany, Zoology, Paleontology. Always been fascinated by nature ever since I was a kid, grew up as probably the only fossil collector in my entire island, collected beetles as well and whatnot. Not a specialist or a professional in any of these fields, but have enough knowledge (and enthusiasm) to create/improve articles. I take photos as well as hunt down photos online with appropriate licenses for articles that need them.
  • OldakQuill General, alot of bacteria so far.
  • Omicronpoint General, mostly targeting some "To-Do" tasks in the list.
  • Onco_p53 Mostly bacteria, some algae.
  • Pbsouthwood Marine biota of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay, and anywhere else I have dived.
  • Andy Mabbett, Pigsonthewing - author of 'species' microformat
  • Pstanton I'm just a pre-med undergraduate. Taking Animal Biology this quarter and I think taxonomy is fascinating! I'll help out as I can. --Pstanton (talk) 08:25, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
  • Pierre Abbat
  • Qwertzy2 Taxonomy of higher plants above all, but some small animals (crustaceans, insects or even birds) from time to time as well. No particular specialist knowledge.
  • Ram-Man Mostly for fish, but maybe some plants too.
  • Ravedave I plan on reviewing & helping all life articles that show up on FAC.
  • Richard Barlow - I've been working on moths for a while. Planning to do some butterfly stuff. Probably will dip into virtually anything! (Strictly layman - do NOT call me an entomologist!)
  • Sarefo - mostly spiders, also taxon work (genera pages etc., species lists), range maps.
  • Sabine's Sunbird - Birds, mostly, but I'll contribute to anything I know something about. Seabirds are my speciality.
  • Sambostock intend to standardise mammal pages. work on birds and everything else.
  • SB_Johnny I'm an organic farmer and horticulturist, interested in the practical side of plant articles.
  • Seglea I have some specialist knowledge on birds, rodents and primates (which need a lot of work), but I have ready access to the technical literature and am willing to turn an amateur hand to most taxa.
  • User:Samara levine I am studying sexual selection, sperm competition, and sexual conflict and plan on reviewing entries in order to include these principles.
  • Sheep81 - Dinosaurs, mostly. Perhaps a few other articles here and there.
  • Shinryuu - Pretty much anything there is to do, but especially micro-organisms
  • Shrumster - Ichthyologist by specialty, but I love animal systematics in general.
  • Shyamal - fauna and flora of the Indian subcontinent
  • Singing Badger, the No specialist knowledge but interested in improving stuff especially the prehistoric sections
  • Soo I seem to have become an accidental contributor to this project, but I thought I'd sign myself in anyway.
  • Sharktopus Mostly angiosperms and arthropods, but eager to work on shark-cephalopod hybrids if any appear.
  • SMcCandlish (talk · contribs): Felids, caudata, and system-wide cleanup/consistency
  • Spawn Man 22:48, 9 October 2005 (UTC) Happy to help the tree of life anytime!!
  • Stan Shebs fish, plants, insects, exotics - ideally material only in print previously, gives WP unique online content
  • Stanskis: Classification; Standard lists; Taxonomy in the service of Conservation and other uses. Broad background and dirty hands.
  • Stefan Mostly sharks and fishes. Started WikiProject Sharks
  • Stemonitis: chiefly Crustacea, but also anything else I come across.
  • Stephen Gilbert (interested in working on dinosaurs; I'm also one of the unwashed masses.)
  • Superfo Ducks, primates, marsupials, etc, I'll do whatever I can... I love life!
  • Svartulfr1 Mostly interested in animals, particularly mammals. However, I am interested in all living creatures and will participate where I find the time and the interest.
  • Swid Add/clean up taxoboxes, add scholarly references, clean up/expand articles created about newly-described species.
  • Tannin Mostly birds and mammals, particularly Southern Hemisphere species.
  • TeunSpaans Mostly plants, perhaps occasional insects. Creating interwiki links, adding a hand at expanding some stubs.
  • Theinsomniac4life (talk) 22:18, 13 May 2010 (UTC) Crinoids, and other marine invertebrates, extinct or extant.
  • Tianyi Cai I joined this project to be able to edit entries with a focus on sexual selection, sperm competition and sexual conflict.
  • Tigershrike – a bit of everything, but especially birds.
  • Tkinias I just realized I'd never added my name. I've started WikiProject Fishes.
  • Tnarg Frogs, mostly Australian. However reptiles and other animals as well.
  • TR001 Invasive species
  • Ucucha Taxonomy of mammals, mainly rodents, insectivores marsupials and bats but no carnivores and ungulates.
  • User:Ushakaron Working with Pteridophytes, Lycopodiophytes, and extinct plants.
  • UtherSRG General cleanup. Taxobox creation, formatting, maintenance. Projects Primates and Cephalopods.
  • Valich Phylogeny of Miacids (Miacoidae), Carnivora, some dog articles, "origin of life" topics, other articles as well
  • Visionholder Mostly involved in Primates, with a long-term goal of making all lemur articles GA-class or better. May also contribute to articles on any type of living or extinct creature.
  • Vsion Mostly on mammals.
  • Werothegreat Protists, and higher level classifications.
  • Wikiskimmer Eukaryotes, slime molds, fungi, insects, ants, botany.
  • Willow Non-expert, but eager to help. Avid gardener, some knowledge of microorganisms related to farming and foods.
  • Wloveral Insects, spiders, mites, other inverts, but also bats and palm trees.--Wloveral (talk) 16:40, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
  • WormRunner (earthworms, some other invertebrates and some plants, especially herbs, medicinal plants and Oregon natives.)
  • Yummifruitbat Photos (my own) and content edits to pretty much anything; very slow translation of good articles from German wikipedia
  • FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 13:38, 2 November 2012 (UTC) Create TOL stubs


Sample articles

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To do

New Articles

To browse Tree of Life subjects that require articles, see the Requested articles sub-page for biology. If adding to the list of requests, make sure to include scientific names, as it will make it easier for others to track down information. One-sentence stubs are discouraged: try to create a worthwhile start class article, with a taxobox, and sources properly cited. When adding weblinks, look for standard references first, such as the IUCN and its sub-commissions.

Specific request lists include:

  • Missing encyclopedic articles about animals.
  • Missing encyclopedic articles about plants
  • Requested articles about plants (botany)
  • Fact-check new biology articles nominated for "Did you know ...?" here. The link is to all nominated articles, but binomial species names are easy to pick out. Successful candidates will be linked to from our Main Page, so let's make them look good!

Cleanup

Please add {{ToLCleanup}} to the talk page of ToL articles in need of cleanup. In addition to adding some text indicating the article needs some work, it will also add the article to Category:Wikipedia cleanup and Category:Tree of Life cleanup.

Please add {{missing-taxobox}} to the talk page of articles that need taxonomic information.

Articles needing taxoboxes

Articles needing attention

  • Biology pages needing attention (cleanup, expansion, wikification, expert needed, etc.)
  • Coelenterata currently redirects to Cnidaria, which is wrong, since this group actually includes comb jellies too. There is a dispute with User:Dalbury, he reverts to redirect regardless arguments that this is a redirect from general concept to its subset. There is an article, but its extremely short, hardly a stub. Can someone with expertise in biology please create at least a 2-paragraph meaningful stub, or at least support my arguments that this redirect is confusing? --Maxxicum 02:00, 11 August 2006 (UTC)
    • Do you have a reference for that? I've been out of school for a while so I'm not up on the latest cladistics, but last I heard, Cnidaria and Ctenophora were coranked at the phylum level, placed in the subkingdom Radiata. Coelenerate was an outdated synonym. On scholar.google.com I can't find a reference to the infraphylum you suggest, although that's not necessarily gospel, obviously. tolweb.org also ranks them as sibling phyla, and that's how ITIS lists it, too. (see {{TSN|id=53856}}). --Grahamtalk/mail/e 07:37, 25 August 2006 (UTC)
      • Although it has been claimed on Talk:Coelenterata that Ctenophora was once treated as part of Coelenterata, that has to have been a while back. A 1965 textbook I have (Simpson and Beck. Life: an Introduction to Biology 2nd Ed.) lists 'Coelenterata or Cnidaria' and 'Ctenophora' as separate phyla under 'Metazoa'. Given the inherent conservatism of textbook writers, that is likely to have been the generally accepted classification for a while before 1965. -- Donald Albury(Talk) 13:36, 25 August 2006 (UTC)
  • Species - This article needs to be reordered, citations added, sectioned and made more readable. I am sure we all agree that it is an important page for all Tree of Life projects. Shyamal 03:35, 14 December 2006 (UTC)
  • Kaziranga National Park- Can anyone create articles on the animals which have not been created till now in the Fauna part of the article? Pls help. Amartyabag TALK2ME 08:56, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Ediacaran biota - I've just re-written this page on the 'roots of the tree' and would welcome any constructive criticism or improvements! Verisimilus 11:41, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Diporiphora orphaned genera article needs expansion and explanation. --Jayron32.talk.contribs 05:37, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

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