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Ant tagging[edit]

So I've been away for a while, but I'm back and I'll celebrate my return to WP by assessing unassessed articles :) I'm kinda lost when it comes to fossil taxa; if you could tag a bunch of top/high/mid articles in Category:Fossil ant taxa that would be greatly appreciated. If you are up for this challenge, then I'll swing by later and tag the remaining as low-importance. jonkerztalk 19:31, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Links: Unknown importance fossil ants All fossil ants. jonkerztalk 19:53, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
  • @Jonkerz: I started to do some tagging, but I got a little sidetracked redirecting extinct species stubs to the genus pages per WP:Paleo guidelines! looking through it seems that genreally Genus gets tagged as Mid importance for ants, subfamily as high.--Kevmin § 21:18, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Great :) The recipe is very simple :)

  • most species --> not very interesting
  • most genera --> also not very interesting but more than most species

In addition to that I've used this and this list. On WP:ANTS I encourage editors to be generous with the ant-priority assessment, but I cannot say I've been very generous myself -- let's face it, most individual species are so very not interesting :) jonkerztalk 21:31, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

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  • Nice! I'll have a look through it and see what I can work on. Sadly all the Genera/species with names starting with "A" that i havent created are from type descriptions in non-english.  :-( --Kevmin § 07:41, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Leptopharsa tacanae[edit]

--Materialscientist (talk) 11:56, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Notoscyphus balticus[edit]

Kevmin, we're trying to figure out what's up with OTRS, and Moonriddengirl has posted to the nomination page. Can you please stop by and give her the information she's requested? She can't find it in the system, but may not be searching using the right term or date. I'd hate to have this have to be promoted without the image, which is so good. Many thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 21:28, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Marmyan[edit]

--Gatoclass (talk) 18:17, 18 August 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Albicoccus[edit]

--Chris Woodrich (talk) 07:53, 20 August 2015 (UTC)


Hey Kevmin, since you are specialised with palaeontology, can you tell me what the question mark is supposed to mean in the taxons M.(?) goliath and M.(?) tabanifluviensis? While the source does the same thing, I'm not exactly clear on what it means, and I believe that someone such as yourself may know. Thanks, Burklemore1 (talk) 11:31, 21 August 2015 (UTC)

It's something that usually appears in paleontology based nomenclatural acts, and means that the species is placed into a genus with some uncertainty. Myrmeciites is a from genus, which is also something fairly restricted to paleo, its in a lot of ways a holding bin for species which do not fit other related genera, but themselves are not of certain placement due to current preserved details.Kevmin § 11:46, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
Ah, so I see. That makes a lot more sense, thank you. Given how poorly preserved the specimens are, I guess the true identities of these ants will never be known. Unless a strikingly similar specimen is found in a much better preserved state, but I do not know the odds with that one. Burklemore1 (talk) 13:03, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
I wouldn't be so sure that they will never be identified. Fossil collection is still very active in the Okanagan Highland fossil sites, and new fossils could be found at any point. Take a look at the specimen history of Holcorpa for a good example of all it takes for identification to happen.--Kevmin § 13:22, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
Also as a note, I did not give much weight to Baroni Urbani when writing the articles due to the fact that as far as I can tell, his taxonomies based on fossils have been fairly consistently regarded as fringe by major ant taxonomists and paleontologists.--Kevmin § 13:28, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
Well hopefully the fossils can truly be identified one day. It would be rather interesting to read if a paleontologist manages to find a Myrmeciinae fossil that happens to be a Myrmeciites species, and therefore its classification can be properly determined. As for Baroni Urbani, I have noticed you have had a history between the classification of Nothomyrmecia and Prionomyrmex, which has been controversial in both the scientific community and Wikipedia. It was not until I started to work on Prionomyrmex that I realised how similar the two ants look, but it wasn't enough for the justification of Baroni Urbani's drastic taxonomic change. I think the articles should include the views of Baroni Urbani, on the basis that later reports (e.g. Dlussky 2012) do not accept his views and accept the classification of other authors (e.g. Archibald et al. 2006). Burklemore1 (talk) 14:20, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
@Burklemore1: Reclassification of form taxon species happens often enough, its all a matter of there being collecting and descriptive work done. "Controversial in both the scientific community and Wikipedia"? Huh? I generally went with a conservative approach and based the lack of mention on WP:fringe.--Kevmin § 17:09, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
I'll take your word in regards to the active fossil collecting going on, so I'll be keeping my eyes open for any sources that will creep up.....and the editor who was openly against your edits escalated the situation by a mile. Perhaps it was my poor choice of words, but it sure was interesting. In other news, I doubt it will emerge as a problem again unless Baroni Urbani decides to revive the discussion of Nothomyrmecia and Prionomyrmex, though his last paper about Myrmeciinae taxons was published in 2008. Burklemore1 (talk) 17:18, 21 August 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Elephantomyia brevipalpa[edit]

--Thanks for helping Victuallers (talk 23:04, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Burmacoccus[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:50, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

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