Talk:Western pygmy possum

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Just testing this. Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 02:31, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

Requested move 20 April 2016[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: Moved. The nom results, along with Frickeg's evidence from when you Google the scientific name give enough consensus to move I think. —  — Amakuru (talk) 10:24, 28 April 2016 (UTC)



Southwestern pygmy possumWestern pygmy possum – It's the more common name. See Google, Google Books and Google Scholar results. The article itself says "commonly known as the western pygmy possum or the mundarda" in the first sentence. – Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 02:28, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

@Dicklyon and Anthonyhcole: This is a contested technical request (permalink). Anthony Appleyard (talk) 09:10, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • "Commonly known as" doesn't imply "most commonly known as", and the claimed Google results are not definitive; we should have a better move rationale if we're going to move it. Dicklyon (talk) 02:40, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
I know search engine tests have problems, but I've never understood how we're supposed to determine what name is "most commonly used" without relying on a search engine test to some extent. I guess Google Ngrams is a little different, as it give frequency in a text corpus rather than a estimated hit count. But neither of the common names under discussion are common enough to show up in Ngrams (though the scientific name does). Plantdrew (talk) 15:49, 21 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Move. Colin Groves' common name decisions in MSW3 (which is what most marsupial pages are based on) were very far outside the mainstream and should never have been adhered to. This one at least is a real alternative name (unlike a great many that Groves just made up), but it's far less common than simply "Western Pygmy Possum". IUCN and a Google search under the scientific name give a pretty clear indication that "Western Pygmy Possum" is the more usual name. Frickeg (talk) 00:06, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.