Wikipedia:WikiProject Animals

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WikiProject Animals

28 September 2007

Current Coordinator

The High Fin Sperm Whale

General information



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Some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to animals. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the Task list. To join the project, add your username to the list at Wikipedia:WikiProject Animals/Participants.

Scope and goals[edit]

This WikiProject aims primarily to describe, create and maintain articles on all animals, that is, all species belonging to the kingdom Animalia. This project's scope also includes zoologists and zoology-related articles.


  1. Create and maintain articles about Animals to an encyclopedic standard.
  2. Describe all families, genera and species of the kingdom Animalia.
  3. Maintain Category:Animals and its subcategories.
  4. Assess and Rate articles under the scope of Wikiproject Animals.

WikiProject Animals Monthly Task List for April

This is the WikiProject Animals monthly task list. If you finish a task, feel free to remove it at Wikipedia:WikiProject Animals/Monthly.

  • Recruit more members! (You may be able to find interested parties in the WikiProjects listed here).

WikiProject family tree[edit]

Similar WikiProjects[edit]

Naming conventions[edit]

The issue of the capitalization of the common names of animal species is unresolved on Wikipedia and our pages are inconsistent. A large majority of reliable sources do not capitalize and thus there is a strong descriptive argument against doing so. Capitalization will often not "feel" right for editors for this reason. Conversely, because species names are proper nouns there is also a strong argument in favor of capitalization. There are actually three possibilities in capitalizing:

  1. Never capitalize.
  2. Always capitalize.
  3. Capitalize when the species itself is referred to, as this is proper noun usage, but not where the phraseology indicates a common noun. Thus: "The Tiger is a carnivore" but "three tigers were observed in the conservation area."

In the absence of consensus:

  • Respect the original or primary authors; do not up and change something without notification, as you may be reverted. See Wikipedia:Requested moves for the proper procedure and use the {{move}} template on the talk page prior to moving it.
  • The form chosen should be used consistently across an article.

Although there is no general consensus on animal name capitalization, some types of animals have well-established conventions:

  • The names of birds are usually capitalized
  • The names of specific breeds of animals are usually capitalized
  • The names of arthropods (including insects and spiders) are usually not capitalized

Article content[edit]

For articles where a common name is used for the article title, the consensus way to write the combination of common name plus scientific name in the lead is (per this discussion):

The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an even-toed ungulate mammal....

Namely, bold common name followed by unbolded italic scientific name in parentheses.


Wildlife Barnstar (V5) Alt.png The Fauna Barnstar
This award is given to those who have made significant contributions to articles that are part of WikiProject Animals

To use this, simply add

{{The Fauna Barnstar|message ~~~~}}

to the talk page of the user you wish to reward. Make sure you include a message indicating why they are receiving the award.


Main tool page:
  • Reflinks - Edits bare references - adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Checklinks - Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver - Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer - Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.

External links[edit]

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