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Dragonfly common names[edit]

Should they be sentence case or lower case? Cheers. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 02:41, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

spelling error in firefly subfamily[edit]

The subfamily "Ototetrinae" (ototEtRinae) is a misspelling of "Ototretinae" (ototREtinae) -- see spelling used in reference 1, also in this article:

Well caught. Fixed. Shyamal (talk) 15:07, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Butterfly misidentification?[edit]

As per File talk:Regentskipper.jpg, File:Regentskipper.jpg is misidentified. However, I'm reluctant to rename the file based solely on the word of an anon -- can anyone confirm that? DS (talk) 15:11, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

Honestly, this would be to the point of original research since we're trying to interpret a primary source. It would probably be best to find a confirmed picture of the species we can use to replace this one with. Kingofaces43 (talk) 16:22, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
If it were a skipper (Hesperiidae) it would show a hooked antenna. Comparing reliable images on the net of Agarista agricola and Euschemon rafflesia, it seems that the former is more likely to be correct and that it is not a Hesperiid even (ruling out Euschemon rafflesia). Shyamal (talk) 13:03, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

Common whitetail: on Commons Plathemis lydia or Libellula lydia?[edit]

There are two categories at Commons for the same species: Commons:Category:Plathemis lydia and Commons:Category:Libellula lydia. I'm not sure which name is valid (although the Wiki article uses Plathemis lydia). Someone with more familiarity than I should make one commons category a redirect to the other and recategorize the files. However, any species names in file names or descriptions do not need changing, just as long as they all are within the same category. Cheers, --Animalparty-- (talk) 03:00, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Genus names with parenthetical disambiguation[edit]

There seems to be disparity and inconsistency across animal article titles when the genus is a disambiguated title and there is no common name (e.g. Larisa (genus), Adela (moth)), and Carnarvonia (fossil)). Please see Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (fauna)#Genus names with parenthetical disambiguation for discussion of whether a new naming guideline should inform animal titles. Cheers, --Animalparty-- (talk) 17:47, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Parenthesis and species authority[edit]

I have noticed that in taxoboxes and lists of species or other taxa there is no consistent usage (or non-usage) of parentheses for the species authority. Species in the same list are being displayed as "Species genus (Name year)" with and without the parentheses. It seems the vast majority of taxoboxes do not have parentheses, and I think this makes sense since the species and authority are on separate lines within each box. On pages such as Dytiscus and Cybister, among many others, there is an inconsistent mix of both uses. So what is the proper way to display species authority, or what should it be if this has not been decided yet? Or should the authority even be included in lists? Fredlyfish4 (talk) 14:36, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

@Fredlyfish4: While not very obvious, the parentheses around the author citation indicate that this was not the original taxonomic placement (see Author citation (zoology)). For example, Cybister lateralimarginalis was originally described in 1774 by De Geer as Dytiscus lateralimarginalis, but was later moved to Cybister, hence the extra set of parentheses in the new name. Personally, I prefer to include author citations in lists and taxoboxes, but not in running text. Cheers, jonkerztalk 20:57, 21 December 2014 (UTC)
What Jonkerz said. As there is a rule for when parentheses should be present, you'll see a mix on Wikipedia of authorities with and without parentheses. What should be consistent is following the usage of reliable sources for the presence or absence of parentheses for a particular species. Many editors aren't aware of the rules for including parentheses with authority citations, so there are sometimes cases where parentheses should be present, but are missing (I've never seen parentheses added where they don't belong, but I suppose that might happen occasionally as well). Plantdrew (talk) 21:15, 21 December 2014 (UTC)