Wikipedia:WikiProject Phasmatodea

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The aim of this WikiProject is to set out broad suggestions about how to organize data in the articles relating to the Phasmatodea. We also hope to encourage the development of important stubs and articles following these suggestions. In general, these are only suggestions, and you shouldn't feel obligated to follow them.


This WikiProject is an offshoot of WikiProject Tree of Life

WikiProject Science
WikiProject Biology
WikiProject Tree of Life
WikiProject Animals
WikiProject Arthropods
WikiProject Insects
WikiProject Phasmatodea


We welcome new members who can contribute in any small way to the work we are undertaking. Even the smallest piece of knowledge may make a huge difference to somebody! New participants are welcome to add their names to the list below, along with a speciality or areas of interest. Involvement with Phasmid related organisations can also be listed. This information is provided for other editors to have a list of available contacts if they need help or advice.


Participants may add the userbox ( {{User WikiProject Phasmatodea}} ) to their User pages to show they are members of the WikiProject.

LeafInsect.jpg This user is a member of WikiProject Phasmatodea.


This Wikipedia stub which you can use whilst creating the page assined. {{Phasmatodea-stub}}


To write and maintain high quality articles on as many taxa as possible.

The initial tasks of the project:

  • Insert taxonomy from Phasmatodea Species File.
  • Place the stubs.
  • Prepare articles to extent possible up to the required standard.
  • Place images suitably captioned.

General Article Advice[edit]

Unless a species has a well-known common name the article should be placed under the Latin name of the species (e.g. Carausius morosus). The majority of species in this order do not have common names. It is advised that where stick insect or equivalent appears in the common name that all of the following alternatives are redirected to the species page:

  • stick insect
  • stick-insect
  • walking stick
  • walking-stick

Subspecies should be included with the main species, unless they are exceptionally notable (very rare in this order).

Suggested Layout[edit]

It is recommended that species articles use the following format. The use of Taxoboxes is highly recommended.

  • Introduction to the species
  • Description
  • Taxonomy
    • Subspecies
  • Behaviour
  • Rearing in Captivity
    • Phasmid Study Group Number
  • Other miscellaneous headings

Categorisation of articles[edit]

Articles should generally be placed in a single taxonomic category. Members of the family Phylliidae should be put in Category:Leaf insects, and other articles should be placed in Category:Phasmatodea. Similarly, the addition of species articles to Category:Insects is not desirable.

It is also not desirable (yet) to create additional sub-categories for separate subordinate taxa. If/when this becomes necessary species articles should be placed in only the subordinate taxon category, and not the Phasmatodea category. This agrees with Wikipedia guidelines, and makes the category hierarchy resemble a Linnean hierarchy.

Subcategories for other reasons (particular behaviours, geographic distribuions, etc.) can be made freely (but sensibly). In these cases it is better for a species article to be in this category in addition to the taxonomic categories.

Use of media[edit]

The articles try to display as many relevant images as possible. The aim being to be as useful and encyclopedic as is necessary. We would like to have, and in some cases, we have been able to obtain photos of :

  • Adult (both sexes), nymph, egg.
  • Phasmids involved in activities such as mating, feeding.
  • Photos of any other aspect of natural history relevant such as host-plant or parasites.
  • Drawings or illustrations from old books, paintings or sculpture.

In the future we would like to attach video clips, list of common and vernacular names, distribution maps and comparison galleries to ease species identification.

Article and task requests[edit]

  • Articles on species commonly kept in captivity
  • Photographs for species
  • Phasmatodea life cycle - Just wanted to bring this to the attention of the project that will be most likely to fix it. This article is an orphaned stub. It's been a mess for a while. I tried to clean it up, added it to the Phasmatodea article and added wikiprojects and the like, but it needs the attention of an expert. Possibly should be merged with the main article? Cheers. --Lendorien (talk) 14:11, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

Assessment of Articles[edit]

Please visit our Assessment page.

External links[edit]