Talk:Barbary striped grass mouse

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
WikiProject Mammals (Rated Start-class, Low-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Mammals, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of mammal-related subjects on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Low  This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale.
 
WikiProject Rodents (Rated Start-class, Low-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Rodents, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of rodents on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Low  This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale.
 

Expert needed, taxonomic mess[edit]

Resolved

This page is a taxonomic mess. The article should be about the Barbary Striped Grass Mouse (Lemniscomys barbarus). In the past it included a whole range of subspecies found widely in Africa, but today these are treated as separate species (see genus page) and the Barbary Striped Grass Mouse is a monotypic species restricted Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia (see e.g., MSW3 and IUCN). In summary, virtually everything in this article is outdated (e.g., subspecies list in taxonomic section) or information for the entire genus (including English names "zebra mouse" and "African striped grass mouse"); not specific to the species the article actually is supposed to deal with. Additionally, while both currently used inline citations are dead, it is evident that the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums citation used the up-to-date taxonomy (quote, "11 species"), but the Russel Tofts citation didn't (used as basis for subspecies). 212.10.92.211 (talk) 12:41, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

I'm dealing with this now. 212.10.92.211 (talk) 14:10, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for fixing this. I wonder whether the pictures are actually correctly identified. I suppose it's hard to say for sure without locality information. Ucucha (talk) 15:08, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
Since a primary difference between them is measurements (e.g., cranium), it is very hard to say if the photo is L. barbarus or the variable L. zebra (which itself may well be a species complex; see updated genus article). 212.10.92.211 (talk) 15:53, 10 December 2011 (UTC)