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The TaxonIds template summarizes taxonomical identifiers for use in the "External links" section of pages describing taxa. We currently support the following fields:

Identifier Database
wikispecies The page name on WikiSpecies.
name The taxon name. This will default to the page name if not provided, or the Wikispecies link if that is provided, and is automatically italicised. Higher taxa (families and above) should have this field set to prevent the taxon name appearing in italics. It should also be set where the Wikispecies link contains a disambiguation term (e.g. use name=''Iris orientalis'' if the Wikispecies page is "Iris orientalis (Tarachodidae)").
ncbi The NCBI identifier.
eol The Encyclopedia of Life identifier.
itis The Integrated Taxonomic Information System identifier.
worms The World Register of Marine Species identifier.
gbif The Global Biodiversity Information Facility identifier.
paleodb The Paleobiology Database identifier.
emonocot The eMonocot identifier.
grin The GRIN identifier. Currently this only works for species identifier, since genus and family are handled separately.
others Links to any other databases. For example, you could set this to: [ Arctos].

For examples, see the examples page and test cases. For now, you can check What links here (or the external transclusion count tool) to see which pages use this template.

Which databases should we include?

  • The database identifier must state the identifier on this page, indicating that the identifier itself is uniquely used to identify this entry.
  • A database should encompass a certain number of species to be included here.

Design notes

  • This template must support taxa at all levels: species names, family names, kingdoms, et al.
  • At some point, we should encode the ids into a short string where it can be read automatically.

How to convert a TaxonIds to a Taxonbar

  1. Add a {{taxonbar}} to the bottom of the article (not to the top of the References section, as recommended by TaxonIds). Preview the page.
  2. If all the identifiers in TaxonIds are already visible in Taxobar, you're done! Remove the TaxonIds and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
  3. If some identifiers are missing, find the "Wikidata item" link under "Tools" in the sidebar and click on it. This will show you the Wikidata associated with the article. Add the identifiers you're missing, and refresh the article to make sure that the new information is visible.
  4. Once all the TaxonIds information has been moved to Wikidata, you can remove the TaxonIds template and breath a sigh of relief.

Tracking categories

See also