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Real Name: Scott Thomson[edit]

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I have spent the last 20 odd years working as a taxonomist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Canberra where I specialised in the systematics and nomenclature of Australasian Turtles. I have described 5 species of turtle, 3 living and 2 fossil, as well as one genus. I have recently published a complete synonymy of the Australasian Chelidae. Most of my editing is concerned with Reptiles and Amphibians, specifically Turtles. So I guess I shall explain a little about this. My career in Zoology started when I was employed as shop keeper looking after tropical and marine fish and invertebrates. I did this whilst I began my B.Sc. in Zoology. Afterwards I worked at Notre Dame Zoo and then Western Plains Zoo in Australia. During my involvement with the Zoo Industry I was involved in the Australian Species Management Plan (ASMP) Reptile and Amphibian TAG. Here I wrote the Management Plan for the Alligator Snapping Turtle and assisted with the management of the Galapagos Tortoises. This led to my becoming the joint International Species Co-ordinator for the Galapagos Tortoise along with a fellow from a USA Zoo. I then was taken on to finish my degree at the University of Canberra. Here I worked in the Applied Ecology Institute as a taxonomist from 1994 till 2008. I was fortunate whilst here to describe 7 species of turtles (5 living - Chelodina burrungandjii, Chelodina canni, Elseya albagula, Elseya rhodini, Elseya flaviventralis and 2 fossil - Elseya nadibajagu and Rheodytes devisi. I also described one new genus Myuchelys and two subgenera Hanwarachelys and Chelydera. Further I developed keys to species of the Chelidae and a full synonomy. This has led to my advisory role with the IUCN and my membership of the Turtle Taxonomy Working Group of the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. I take a heavy interest in nomenclatural issues and have published a number of papers in the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, the journal of the ICZN. From 2009 to 2014 I was living in northern USA and as of February, 2014 am now in Brazil, I am attached to the Museu de Zoologia in Sao Paulo where I am working on the living and fossil Chelid and Pelomedusid turtles of South America, Africa and Australasia. I am also now working hard on nomenclatural issues in Herpetology. I now spend about 3 months of each year in Florida where I am Curator of the Chelonian Research Institute, managing the largest and most comprehensive collection of turtles in the world.

Lectures on Wikiversity[edit]



Personal Interests[edit]

Includes network marketing, beta testing of software, web site development, script writing, computer programming, mod making, computer games, martial arts and of course herpetology.

Projects I have Created[edit]

Wikispecies:Project_Cleanup was created to create a place to discuss issues related to house-keeping Wikispecies. If you have issues related to Stubs, Patrolling, Orphaned pages, etc and want to help sort them you can discuss it there on the Project Talk Page.

Templates I have created[edit]

  • my own papers can be found on my Taxonomic Authority page.
  • Fitzinger 1836 -- {{Fitzinger-1836}}
  • McCord et al. 2001 -- {{McCord-etal-2001}}
  • Turtle Taxonomy Working Group 2014 -- {{TTWG}}
  • Turtle Taxonomy Working Group 2017 -- {{TTWG2017}}
  • Turtle Extinctions Working Group 2015 -- {{TEWG}}
  • Schweigger 1812 -- {{Schweigger-1812}}
  • Duméril and Bibron 1835. -- {{Dumeril-Bibron-1835}}
  • Blackburn and Wake 2011 -- {{Blackburn_Wake_2011}}
  • Crother, 2012 -- {{Crother_2012}}
  • Frost et al. 2006 -- {{Frost_etal_2006}}
  • Frost et al. 2009 -- {{Frost_etal_2009}}
  • Mecham et al 1973 -- {{Mecham_etal_1973}}
  • Hillis & Wilcox 2005 -- {{Hillis_Wilcox_2005}}
  • Hillis 2007 -- {{Hillis_2007}}
  • Dubois 1992 -- {{Dubois_1992}}
  • Dubois 2006 -- {{Dubois_2006}}
  • Extinct symbol with hover - -- {{Extinct}}

Hidden Categories[edit]

I use the following hidden categories to permit fast editing of pages I have previously identified.

  • Category:NoType for taxa with no type data
  • Category:Snake Maint for snakes needing major work
  • Category:Turtle Maint for turtles needing major work
  • Category:AnuranFamCleanup for Anuran Family repairs

Current Goals on Wikipedia[edit]

  • Build the turtle sections of Wikispecies and Wikipedia.
  • Help with expanding the Herpetologists category.

Link to My Websites[edit]