Talk:Cosmopolitan distribution

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I think writers for Wikipedia biology-related articles are entirely too fond of this term. It is a sweeping generalization that should be avoided, imho. The meaning is arbitrary and subjective to the writer; witness this definition page. It seems to mean "we think you can find this (plant or animal) anywhere; that is, we lack geographical distribution data." Nickrz 12:23, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

No, it means "you can find", not "we think you can find". If you think that in some articles it is applied wrongly, please request a citiation. Please remember, "writers for Wikipedia" are not supposed to be "fond of" anything in their writing: they may only quote from reliable sources. And if these sources are "fond of" something, we can do nothing, except of quoting other reputable sources which disagree. `'Míkka 15:51, 10 August 2007 (UTC)
Unless reliable references are added it will continue to puzzle many readers. It has come a long way from "Cosmopolis" in philosophical writing and usage like Cosmopolitan for a magazine.--Felix Folio Secundus (talk) 06:29, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

Sperm whale?[edit]

The Sperm Whale article suggests that it also has cosmopolitan distribution. Should it be listed here as well? -- (talk) 14:23, 20 November 2009 (UTC)

I also think the Barn Owl should be listed.


Why is "Ant" in the list of cosmopolitain species ? "Ant" is not a species, there are thousands of species of ants. Is there any particular ant species found almost everywhere ?Eregli bob (talk) 04:38, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

I know. Why is it? (talk) 17:35, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

Domesticated animals?[edit]

I don't see an obvious reason as to why cats and dogs aren't listed here. They can survive in almost any climate, as far as I know. Something tells me I'm missing something important, which is why I'm asking instead of just doing this myself. Leo-Roy! review/gb 02:15, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

Where the name came from[edit]

One potentially good addition to this article would be noting where the term came from.--Rockfang (talk) 18:39, 25 October 2012 (UTC)