Wikipedia:WikiProject Biology

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Sea anemones from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur (Art forms of Nature) of 1904.

Welcome to WikiProject Biology, a common forum for discussing biology-related editing issues and guidelines. Join the discussion.

Scope Overview[edit]

There are many active biology WikiProjects. The purpose of this project is to provide common ground for editors in these projects, for seeking advice or requesting help from a broader community of biology editors, and for coordinating the perpetual problem of categorization of biology articles. (For some time, this page was redirected to Portal:Biology, where the talk page served that purpose.)

WikiProjects puzzle Related WikiProjects[edit]

Biological classification L Pengo.svg

The hierarchy of
biological classification's
eight major taxonomic ranks,
which is an example of
definition by genus and differentia.
Intermediate minor
rankings are not shown.
This diagram implies
3 Domains / 6 Kingdoms
(Woese et al. 1990[1]):

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  • Template:Tree list/doc Would someone please translate the section "Cladogram" from French to English. (A knowledge of biological terminology is more important than a knowledge of French). -- drafted Chiswick Chap (talk) 09:43, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Subtitle for marine species

Hello all, I am working on editing pages on marine species on the French and English version. I have faced issues with the French administrators regarding the common name of marine species to be added to the page. It was, so far, written on the top of the taxobox, but a (French) consensus recently decided that the taxobox should include only scientific names and not common names. The solution was then to add the common name as a subtitle of the page (example can be seen here: This solution is fine since there are often more than just one common name per language and, most of all, that it uses a markup easily identified as being a common name (rather than just bold found in the introduction). So, I would need to be able to do the same in the English version but I cannot find the right way to do it. If anyone could help me on that, I would be more than grateful. Thank you--BUWF (talk) 05:05, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

Article assessment[edit]

  • Assessment – the assessment unit, which provides information about Biology articles rated by quality and importance, and the project's criteria for article quality grading.

Category maintenance[edit]

Many biology categories are in a bad way. They tend to fill up with articles on minor topics that are better placed in subcategories (or sub-subcategories, etc.).

(Statistics compiled June 22, 2007)

  • Total: 2946 articles, as of July 27th, 2012.

2 people Participants[edit]

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  • {{Portal|Biology}} is added to the See also section of all biology-related articles, which produces:

This provides a direct link to the Biology portal.

  • {{WikiProject Biology}} is added to the top of talk pages of all biology-related articles, which produces:
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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carl R. Woese, Otto Kandler, Mark L. Wheelis: "Towards a natural system of organisms: proposal for the domains Archaea, Bacteria, and Eucarya". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 87(12):4576-9. doi:10.1073/pnas.87.12.4576