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Author Names[edit]

The name section of an article about a taxon should contain the sanctioning author of that taxon. This should be linked to the appropriate Author Name article. We maintain articles in Wikispecies with minimum information. Ensure that a corresponding Wikidata item exists.

For each of the coauthors there should be entered a separate category. For 3 coauthors X, Y, Z, the way to do it would be:

[[Category: X taxa]]
[[Category: Y taxa]]
[[Category: Z taxa]]

Format of an Authority article[edit]

Heading information[edit]

First line should be dates of birth and, if deceased, death.

Second line can be a very brief description for clarification. <This is generally nationality and speciality. There may sometimes be more clarifying information, especially if there is another author with a similar name.

Taxonomic Works[edit]

It is helpful to include a list of the author's published taxonomic works under the sub-heading ===Publications===. In this section the publications can be added as References or as Reference Templates. Thus:

*{{a|Arthur Gardiner Butler|Butler, A. G.}}, 1876. Revision of the heterocerous Lepidoptera of the family Sphingidae.''Trans. zool. Soc. Lond.'' 9 [ 511-644].
{{Stempffer,H, 1967}}

Reference Templates are much preferred if the reference contains many new taxa and is likely to be usable on a number of taxon pages.


If there are no links then it may be appropriate to add a Links section with links to a biography or curiculum vitae.

 * [ CV at The New York Botanical Gardens]


At the very least, the article needs to be added to the Taxon Authorities category. You can add the author to other appropriate categories.

 {{Authority control}}
 {{DEFAULTSORT:Buck, William Russell}}
 [[Category:Taxon Authorities]]

We currently have categories for the following disciplines: Category:Arachnologists - Category:Botanists - Category:Bryologists - Category:Carcinologists - Category:Cnidariologists - Category:Coleopterists - Category:Copepodologists - Category:Dipterists - Category:Entomologists - Category:Helminthologists - Category:Herpetologists - Category:Ichthyologists - Category:Lepidopterists - Category:Lichenologists - Category:Malacologists - Category:Microbiologists - Category:Mycologists - Category:Myrmecologists - Category:Ornithologists - Category:Ostracodologists - Category:Paleoentomologists - Category:Paleoichthyologists‎ - Category:Palaeontologists - Category:Parasitologists - Category:Phycologists - Category:Spongiologists - Category:Zoologists
See Category:Biologists and Category:Taxon Authorities for future disciplines not yet listed here.

Adding entries to Catalog:Taxon Authorities[edit]

Catalog:Taxon Authorities should contain the list of all taxon authorities referenced by Wikispecies. Authors are added alphabetically by last name. If they have an "official" abbreviation, it is listed in bold in parentheses. We consider IPNI to be the official source of abbreviations for botanists.

Add the link to the article along with dates.

References for Taxon Authors[edit]

There are a number of sources for information about Taxon Authors.

The French Wikipedia has a well developed Science history portal.

Most Wikipedias have lists by author abbreviation

There are also a number of Internet sources.

Authority Control[edit]

Include the {{Authority control}} template, as shown above. Values will be imported from Wikidata. If no values are found, the template does not display.

Image Guidelines Author Names Project Templates