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WikiProject Gastropods (Rated Project-class)
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Taxonomy: For all marine species, Project Gastropods uses the taxonomy in the online database WoRMS. When starting a new article, do not use sources of taxonomic information that predate the 2005 revision for all gastropod groups. If you need help with any aspect of an article, please leave a note at the Project talk page.

Goodbye Toolserver[edit]

I've put a notice on the VIllage Pump Technical [1] that the tool "Watchlist of changes to all Gastropod-related articles" [2] doesn't function anymore. This is a vital tool to our project. Without it, we cannot know what is going on or if any vandalism has occurred. JoJan (talk) 13:56, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks so much for noticing this JoJan. I added a note similar to yours. Invertzoo (talk) 19:31, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
I left a note at WP:VPT#Is there a replacement for Dispenser's transcludedchanges tool? on using the related changes special page. Might not be very practical with a huge number of articles, but it could help. --Paul_012 (talk) 03:04, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
It is sad that the normal functioning of wikipedia is being harmed by a dispute between Dispenser and WikiMedia Labs. JoJan (talk) 11:17, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
I had no idea that so many tools did not really belong here on WP, but were more or less on loan. Invertzoo (talk) 13:56, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
The tool "Watchlist of changes to all Gastropod-related articles" is functioning again. What a relief ! JoJan (talk) 14:33, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
Pardon me, but I can't find the link you mentioned! --Daniel Cavallari (talk) 20:21, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
This is the link: [3]. Hope this helps. JoJan (talk) 13:43, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
Ah! There it is. Thanks a lot, JoJan! --Daniel Cavallari (talk) 16:52, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

I notice that the page is sometimes a proper listing, but sometimes just an error report. Invertzoo (talk) 21:34, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

IUCN maps of Conidae[edit]

An example of compilaton of the distribution map of Conus abbas based on IUCN Red List spatial distribution data.

Hello, if you are interested in making maps of Conidae there are SHP files at Direct link at: http I made an example of the map. --Snek01 (talk) 23:17, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Michal for this very useful information. It seems however that many of our members are not active right now, so although this would be a very good idea, I would be surprised if anyone gets round to doing it. Perhaps it may happen at some point in the future. Invertzoo (talk) 23:30, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
Unfortunately, the data are made freely available to the public for non-commercial use. Therefore they cannot be used in Wikipedia. JoJan (talk) 14:59, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
The license for images derived from those IUCN SHP files really is CC-BY-SA although is is explicitly written nowhere on the webpage. Feel free to verify it at the OTRS :Commons:Commons:IUCN Red List - Commons:Template:IUCN_map_permission. I verified it by myself at the IUCN employee. - Spatial data are available for Conidae only for public download. I will get more information about data for other gastropods sometimes. I will let you know then. --Snek01 (talk) 01:04, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

I have learnt to make those maps of freshwater molluscs (Bivalvia are within those molluscs datasets together with gastropods. This guide apply also for Odonata and for some other group - probably fishes(?)).

  • 1. Download GDB files from IUCN, unzip.
  • 2. Install ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced (ArcInfo) Single Use (under Windows, ArcGIS works for 60 days in Trial mode). I am not sure if other programs can process GDB files.
  • 3. Run ArcMap.
  • 4. File / Add data / Connect to folder (Navigate to Eastern_Himalayas.gdb folder), Add.
Select the dataset EASTERN_HIMALAYAS_FWMollusc, Add.
  • 5. Selection / Select by attributes /

Click to binomial, click to =, click to Get Unique Values, select a specie you want and click to it. There will be for example: binomial = 'Assiminea brevicula' Verify, OK. Apply. (This will select distribution area of a chosen species.)

  • 6. Right click at "EASTERN_HIMALAYAS_FWMollusc" / Data / Export Data /

Fill Output feature class, for example: "D:\IUCN\Eastern Himalayas Gastropoda\Assiminea brevicula.shp". OK. This will export distribution data files for Assiminea brevicula including the "Assiminea brevicula.shp" file for further use in other GIS programs.


  • Datasets available: Eastern Himalayas, Indo-Burma, Pan Africa, Western Ghats. They have freshwater molluscs inside.
  • "Indo Burma" dataset is larger than "Eastern Himalayas" dataset. This means if there is the same species in both of them, use the "Indo Burma" dataset. (example: Assiminea brevicula). But some species are in the "Eastern Himalayas" dataset only.
  • For some species there are some distribution data available, even if they have no map on the IUCN website. Such distribution data may be incomplete. But some of them appear to be complete.
  • No datasets are freely downloadable for terrestrial gastropods. Data for them can be probably obtained one by one requests. I am not sure if the CC-BY-SA licence apply also for terrestrial ones. - (The same question should be resolved for American, European and Australian gastropods and for other marine gastropods.)

--Snek01 (talk) 21:39, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

10th anniversary of WikiProject Gastropods[edit]

It went almost unnoticed but this project started on 10 May 2004 by me and only in 2006 a second participant came along. In the course of time, the number of participants has been growing slowly and we hope many more will join eventually. Happy anniversary to all editors, past and present, and thanks for your improvements to gastropod articles and all your contributions to the many informative discussions here over the past 10 years. JoJan (talk) 15:16, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

Well that is a really significant anniversary, and I am sorry I overlooked it. JoJan you must be proud to see how the project has grown over the last 10 years. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who has contributed. Invertzoo (talk) 19:29, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
10 May of 1795 is date of birthday of malacology.[1] Thank you. --Snek01 (talk) 22:03, 24 August 2014 (UTC)


This overview common name article Limpet just got slammed with a lot of templates which were put in place by an IP address editor. It is true that the article does really need a great deal of work, and plus it often gets edited by people who are apparently not very knowledgeable on the subject, and that seems often to cause detrimental changes. The article is currently listed here at the Community Portal as a "fix OR" issues article, so maybe it will get some attention... Hope either way we can work something out to help it get into better shape. These overview articles based on a polyphyletic common name are not at all easy to do well. Invertzoo (talk) 23:40, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

I re-wrote the intro and greatly cut down the number of templates that were placed on that page; the person who put them on there appears to have been angry at the time and over-reacted. NPOV applies to templating as well as to adding other content. Invertzoo (talk) 14:44, 27 August 2014 (UTC)


Another editor, during a discussion about the articles Scallop and Pectinidae, pointed out that a search for "winkle" currently takes a reader straight to the article on Littorina littorea, the common periwinkle, as if that is the only species in the world known as a winkle! That is of course very misleading. I will now try to put together a short overview article about "winkle" as a common name that is applied to many species in several families. Anyone who cares to help out will be very welcome. Invertzoo (talk) 13:15, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

I created a disambiguation page instead. Hopefully that is a better solution. Invertzoo (talk) 15:33, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

A little comic relief![edit]

Our underwater photographers may get a laugh out of these humorous underwater images. There are a few sea slugs in them if you scroll down. Invertzoo (talk) 20:54, 9 September 2014 (UTC)