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Popular pages report[edit]

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Help identifying a lizard[edit]

I recently photographed this lizard at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. It's a little blurred toward the middle but I was able to get pretty close to it. I know very little about animals and I'm unable to identify its species. Can someone help? Thanks! EricEnfermero (Talk) 02:22, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Appears to be a Great Basin fence lizard, a subspecies of the Western fence lizard. --Animalparty! (talk) 02:31, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the assistance! EricEnfermero (Talk) 05:20, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

Project image[edit]

Is it only me who finds it inappropriate that the project image depicts a lizard held in a human hand? I think a better photo could be found, perhaps one showing an entire animal. Or anything without humans, at least. FunkMonk (talk) 01:51, 17 July 2017 (UTC)

Grass snake - new species/losing a sub-species[edit]

I'm no expert on the subject, so won't attempt to change the article here, and I'm sure a more robust site is needed for the information, but the BBC have reported that a new species of Grass Snake has been found in the UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40853286 81.129.252.113 (talk) 15:17, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

I think we need to wait until a peer-reviewed study is published. "Discovering" that a subspecies is "really" a species is very arbitrary anyway. FunkMonk (talk) 15:26, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170807082324.htm 81.129.252.113 (talk) 16:17, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
That is also just press-coverage, but it links to the actual study:[1] FunkMonk (talk) 16:19, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

See Barred grass snake. In general I agree it's better to wait for a secondary source, but the paper seems pretty clear, and there has been a lot of publicity (in the UK, anyway) about this 'new' species. Peter coxhead (talk) 08:03, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

Article titles for subspecies[edit]

Where subspecies exist, I find many of the article covered by this project unclear as to the topic. Often it seems that an account of the nominate subspecies is given at a title corresponding to the entire species. Liasis olivaceus is just one of many examples. The title suggests that the entire species is being discussed, but the article says "Two subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here." Then there's an article at Liasis olivaceus barroni. The impression being created is that a trinomial of the form A b b means the same as the binomial A b, whereas actually A b includes A b b, A b c, etc. Is this titling accidental, policy or what? Why is the existing Liasis olivaceus article not at Liasis olivaceus olivaceus given that this is the taxon it is concerned with? Peter coxhead (talk) 08:12, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

I don't think there is policy, but in this particular case, I see no compelling reasons for having separate articles for each subspecies, and as a reader would prefer them both discussed in one article. --Animalparty! (talk) 00:13, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

Blue-tailed skink[edit]

Can anyone resolve the report at Talk:Blue-tailed skink#Wrong photo which states that the image in the article is for a different species. Johnuniq (talk) 02:32, 12 August 2017 (UTC)