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Open2universe | Talk 16:08, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

[Archiving a talk page]
Archive 1 (To the end of 2013)
Archive 2 (Jan 2014 to the end of 2014)
Archive 3 (Jan 2015 to the end of 2015)
Archive 4 (Dec 2015 to Dec 2017)

Thanks for the edits on Lagunaria patersonia[edit]

Very helpful MargaretRDonald (talk) 21:59, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

Could you help me please?[edit]

Dear Andy,
a) I would like to divide the category Commons:Category:Unidentified Orchidaceae in commons.
What form would you suggest? e.g. "Unidentified Orchidaceae by genera" or "Unidentified Orchidaceae sorted by genera" or better suggest.
b) Where can I find the translations in Wikispecies e.g. of { {int:Synonyms}} etc.
Best greetings. Orchi (talk) 17:23, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

Hello @Orchi: I would suggest a range, for example, "Unidentified Orchidaceae Genera", "Unidentified Orchidaceae Species" and so on. The later would of course be under their generic category.
I do not know about int:Synonyms could @Pigsonthewing: or @Tommy Kronkvist: help? All the best Andyboorman (talk) 20:47, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
Hello Andy, thank you for your proposals. (English terms are better controlled by you). Greetings. Orchi (talk) 22:04, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
Hi Andy and @Orchi:
  1. I agree with Andy's suggestion of using "range names" but – even though it's only a formality – I suggest using lower case letters for the ranks, i.e. "Unidentified Orchidaceae genera", "Unidentified Orchidaceae species" etc.
  2. For translations of individual terms in our interface like {{int:Synonyms}} etc, please see Wikispecies:Localization. Feel free to add translations of the missing, red-linked items! Other pages that might be helpful include Special:LanguageStats and Special:SearchTranslations, as well as the templates {{Translatable template}} (a.k.a "TNT") and {{Dynamite}}.
Best regards, Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 05:36, 15 January 2018 (UTC).
@Tommy Kronkvist: and @Orchi: Thanks Tommy. Agreed lower case for ranks. Cheers Andyboorman (talk) 08:39, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
@Andyboorman: and @Tommy Kronkvist:. ....thanks for your help. Done in Commons. Greetings. Orchi (talk) 11:34, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

Tapinanthus globifer[edit]

Hello Andyboorman, you moved Tapinanthus globifer to Tapinanthus globiferus, because you think the name was unreferenced. But look at Tropicos where the name is corrected to globifer. This is according to Melbourne ICBN Art. 32.2.: the masculine form of the adjective is "globifer" (globifera, globiferum for feminine and neutral form). So I guess Tropicos is right, although most other databases are still citing the original but errorneous spelling. There were also two wikidata items, which I joined (and I hope this will be correct for wikidata, as they often prefer to store several items for the same thing...). Cheers, --Thiotrix (talk) 14:04, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

Hello @Thiotrix: Tropicos is not always right or follows consensus and in this case does not cite the articles and seems to just make an auto-correct. I have had a good look at the Articles cited not sure I agree with an autocorrect. "Fer" can be a verb meaning bearing or carrying or an adjective meaning wild, as in "ferox". In this case I assume that the authors were alluding to the plant "bearing a globular" inflorescence or some other distinctive feature - need to read and translate the protologue. "Globifer" or indeed any of its forms, e.g. "globiferus" are not translations from Latin, but appear to be adjectival compound epithets (Art 60.8). "Fer" is a verb and has no gender just plurality. In this case it seems that original spelling holds unless there are compounding errors or other orthographic problems. Matching the masculine "us" for the genus is fine surely? Any way, this is only opinion and IPNI has not made the corrections for this and any similar epithets. I go with INPI over all other secondary sources of this nature, unless completely convinced of an error. I would suggest taking this to the pump for a wider set of opinions - there are some really good plant taxonomists here. Andyboorman (talk) 16:26, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
Why do you think that globifer is not a latin word? I can find it in latin online dictionaries. IPNI knows several species ending globifer, named by taxonomists with good latin knowledge. But there are also several species ending globiferus. The protologue of Tapinanthus globiferus refers to A.Rich., which means it bases on Loranthus globiferus A.Rich., though not explicitely cited. Its protologe says: "Corolla tubulosa unciali, basi abrupte in globulum pisiformem inflata", these are the globular structures at the base of the flower corolla. --Thiotrix (talk) 17:12, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
@Thiotrix: Well I get no results from any online dictionaries except that it is likely to be compound word! IPNI indicates that they are OK with both options and also include "globifera" and "globiferum" on a species epithet search. It looks like as far as they are concerned the original publication or basionym is what counts and matched to the genus. I have had another incidence pointed out to me and that is Micropus globiferus basionym of Psilocarphus tenellus var. globiferus (Bertero ex DC.) Morefield, Madroño 39: 156. 1992 see Tropicos here. However, their article citation seems bizarre and they also go for another accepted species namely P. chilensis. In addition, a Google Scholar search shows a big fat zero for T. globifer - just a thought. I would still go with IPNI, but if you email them they will reply with a considered opinion in my experience. Andyboorman (talk) 19:32, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
In A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin, it seems that -fer,-era,-erum (adj. A suffix) is classical latin, but they note: "the ending -ferus in the nominative masculine singular is less often used than -fer" .Maybe this means it seems to be acceptable. I will follow your advice and email with IPNI about their opinion. --Thiotrix (talk) 07:35, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the link - interesting page and very clear. IPNI has more ferus than fer, but I guess that this is an historical preference by the taxon authors. I look forward to reading what IPNI have to say. Cheers Andyboorman (talk) 08:32, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
That was fast! Thanks for your advice of asking IPNI. They have already answered and updated to Tapinanthus globifer. For other taxa named globiferus they will consider a possible change (if the name means "globe bearing" then globifer is correct, but meaning "wild", then -ferus is correct). By the way, they added the missing basionym author, too. They told me, that there are thousands of combinations without parenthetical authors in IPNI, because in the beginning they were not recorded, and the work of updating is still ongoing.

Excellent we will follow IPNI. Thanks for the below as well - I use it and just wanted to pass it around to a couple of editors who now need it due to their contributions. Cheers Andyboorman (talk) 14:41, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

An addition to the topic below: for automatic redirects, you just need to add one single line to a User:Username/common.js page: importScript('User:Rillke/createRedirects.js');. It is not necessary to copy the complete code, and so you will always use the current version. Cheers, --Thiotrix (talk) 12:21, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Fixing E.Hossain[edit]

Hi Andy. Could you take a look at E.Hossain I think IPNI shows that this entry needs moving, needs a new default sort, and .... I was reluctant to touch it for fear of making a major mess. MargaretRDonald (talk) 20:52, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

Hi Margaret. I think you are right and will have a look later today. I am not a big creator of taxon authorities, but my main approach is to follow IPNI in order to keep consistency. Wikidata should also follow this as well - this whole set of categories seems to be designed to help out WD in my opinion. I tend to be a redlink filler for taxa and to get a lot more scientific papers and robust secondary sources onto WS. By the way I have a neat process for getting synonym redirects automatically created. I will try and figure how to get it over to you and a couple of other newbies active here. Cheers. Andyboorman (talk) 08:37, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Banksia or Dryandra[edit]

Hi Andy. On Australian endemic species I follow APNI, and thus you can see for Banksia acanthopoda (A.S.George) A.R.Mast & K.R.Thiele, this species was formerly accepted as Dryandra acanthopoda, but now has the APC (CHAH) tick of approval as Banksia acanthopoda, based on the Mast & Thiele publication. On Australian endemic species, IPNI usually follows APNI but has not always caught up (I think this is the reason for the difference), and similarly it is not always the case that the northern hemisphere sites are in sync with APNI. (I haven't touched this stuff, nor read up on it, so can't make a general comment. I am strictly an amateur here, with an interest in the history of botany and linking species to their publications.).... MargaretRDonald (talk) 19:51, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

I also check Plants of the World online which always lists accepted species for a genus (and there is a third site, whose name is not to hand which I also check...) When POW and CHAH are in agreement, I am reasonably happy. MargaretRDonald (talk) 21:04, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks seems like a done deal then! I will do the work later today. Andyboorman (talk) 08:28, 29 January 2018 (UTC)


I suggest blocking spam-only accounts indefinitely. (Obviously, the underlying IP address should not be blocked that way.) Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:42, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

Done thanks for the suggestion. Andyboorman (talk) 12:46, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

Just wondering[edit]

(First post copied from User talk:Fagus#Just wondering.)

Hello Fagus. What is the reason for adding {{}} to various entities in templates, such as Template Salviinae? It does not appear to have a function. Andyboorman 10:46, 26 February 2018 (UTC)

It has a function. Taxonomic rank translates into local languages. --Fagus (talk) 11:13, 26 February 2018 (UTC)
@Fagus: I thought in science we all used the same scientific terms for taxon ranks. If that is not the case then I suggest you ask, via the pump, for someone to write a bot to automate the process. Otherwise it will become a massive undertaking. Cheers. Andyboorman 11:58, 26 February 2018 (UTC)
@Fagus: I advice against using templated entities for ranks in the Taxonavigation section, such as for example the {{Subtribus}} template in the {{Subtribus}}: [[Salviinae]] code string in the {{Salviinae}} template. A better way is to use "int:" for translations, like this: {{int:Subtribus}}:  Salviinae
We already use it for section headlines, as in for example =={{int:Publications}}== where it works well.
Please note that "int:" is a MediaWiki magic word and not a template, even though it is formatted in almost the same way. Using the magic word requires the taxon ranks (and their translations) to be added to Wikispecies:Localization, but that shouldn't pose a problem. There is also an extra bonus with using "Wikispecies:Localization", since we would then be able to see all of the translations on a single page, rather than in each and every separate "taxon rank template". –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 20:12, 12 March 2018 (UTC).
@Tommy Kronkvist: I understand. Sensible. how will we do it. Could you help.-Fagus (talk) 15:19, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
@Fagus: Give me a day or two and I'll sort it out. :-) Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 15:46, 13 March 2018 (UTC).
@Fagus: Is there any particular reason why you have chosen to specifically use anchor = fr within the {{TranslateThis}} string of the templates? –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 21:06, 13 March 2018 (UTC).
@Tommy Kronkvist: I saw a few examples. and I did it. I saw it was successful. there is no special reason. --Fagus (talk) 22:18, 13 March 2018 (UTC)


Hi Andy, I am struggling to get a template for such things as

Taxonavigation: Santalales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Santalales

Familia: Loranthaceae
Tribus: Lorantheae
Subtribus: Dendrophthoinae
Genus: Trithecanthera
. I can see that it has been done, but not how to do it. MargaretRDonald (talk) 19:20, 27 February 2018 (UTC)


/Archive 4 Hi, Andy. Oliverella is a legitimate Loranthaceae (Oliverellaː Govaerts et al.) but the page, Oliverella, redirects to Echeveria. Could you fix this (I think, improper) redirection? MargaretRDonald (talk) 21:55, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

@MargaretRDonald: Oliverella sorted. Add a post later. Andyboorman (talk) 08:16, 2 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, Andy. (Looking forward to the how). Regards MargaretRDonald (talk) 20:46, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

@MargaretRDonald: Lets give it a go. When I first clicked on Oliverella above I got this couple of lines right at the top of the Echeveria taxon page;

(Redirected from Oliverella)

Oliverella was in blue, a clickable link, so I clicked and saw;

#REDIRECT [[Echeveria]]

I got rid of this and - well have a look through the revision history here. Hope this is understandable. Cheers Andyboorman (talk) 21:13, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

Dealing with synonymy[edit]

Hi Andy. I can see that others have dealt with synonymy by using redirects, but I have no idea how to go about this. In particular, I would like to delete the current page for Muellerina eucalyptifolia and redirect this page to Muellerina eucalyptoides. I was hoping that you might both do this and indicate to me how you achieved it. (That would be fantastic.) MargaretRDonald (talk) 21:10, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

@MargaretRDonald:. I have made the redirect as asked. Firstly I opened both pages, went to edit then blanked Muellerina eucalyptifolia and used the #REDIRECT [[]] wikimarkup, which you find at the bottom. I finally copied Muellerina eucalyptoides into the square brackets in the redirect code. On the Muellerina eucalyptoides I checked that Muellerina eucalyptifolia was in the list of synonyms. I have also made some additional edits before checking that the redirects had been made using the redirect tool that I mentioned to you a week or so ago. Then it was publish changes. Big tip use the edit history tool. Hope this helps Cheers Andyboorman (talk) 14:14, 11 March 2018 (UTC)
@Andyboorman:. Thanks, Andy. Very helpful & kind of you. (I will get there - eventually) MargaretRDonald (talk) 20:58, 11 March 2018 (UTC)
@MargaretRDonald: You are very welcome and you are very much getting there! Andyboorman (talk) 09:53, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

disambiguation / redirection and associated wikidata...[edit]

Hi Andy. I moved the page Thyridia to Thyridia (Nymphalidae) and then wrote a disambiguation page, because of Thyridia (Phrymaceae) ... However, the wikidata page for the new Thyridia (Nymphalidae) page is named Thyridia and refers to the butterflies... I am not sure what needs to be done with respect to the wikidata item associated with Thyridia (Nymphalidae) MargaretRDonald (talk) 12:20, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

You do not have to do anything about the WD items. WD has two entries differentiated by their Q numbers - see here and here. The WD links on the left hand side of the taxon pages automatically pull up the correct WD pages. Good work with the disambigs and creation of the new page for the butterflies. It is what I would have done as well. Andyboorman (talk) 13:10, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

Issue no[edit]

Hi Andy! You partially reverted one of my edits. I will leave it now as it is. Anyway, generally I only use issue numbers in reference templates, when each issue has its own pagination, starting again with page 1. If the issues are bound into one volume, the issue numbers would not help anything to locate a certain publication in a library – page number is sufficient in any case. One the other hand, issue number would be distracting in reference templates like Bentham (1851), where one publication is continued through several issues within one volume. Such kind of serialised publications is rather common in the older literature. Regards --Franz Xaver (talk) 13:37, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Hi @Franz Xaver:. I take your points and pun. I guess I usually follow the format as used in the paper itself, assuming that is how the publisher and author(s) wish to see it displayed. No big deal I guess. Regards Andyboorman (talk) 13:42, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Chamaeleon (Asteraceae)[edit]

Me agradaría que revisase Chamaeleon (Asteraceae), que he revisado según CatalogueofLife pero que otro compañero lo mantiene como Carlina según EuroMed, anulando lo que he realizado. Lo dejo pendiente hasta conocer sus comentarios. Saludos.--MILEPRI (talk) 17:34, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

He contribuido mis pensamientos sobre este asunto en la página de discusión de RJL. Está en inglés así que si necesita aclaración, envíeme un mensaje aquí. Saludos. Andyboorman (talk) 20:56, 2 May 2018 (UTC)


Can you source me. Why should be included in the genus Centaurea? Recent academic studies show Cyanus genus. I think genus Cyanus should stay. --Fagus (talk) 12:26, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

@Fagus: Most of the handful of the recent academic studies that show Cyanus as a separate genus come from Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran, but there are many botanists in this area who maintain the synonymy. The majority of others in Europe, USA etc prefer to subsume into Centaurea as one of the three subgenera. The only reliable secondary source that maintains the separation is Euro+Med and even Global Compositae Checklist notes "Usually included in Centaurea L.".

There are numerous academic studies that prefer the synonymy for example;

  • Hilpold, A., Garcia-Jacas, N., Vilatersana, R. & Susanna, A. 2014. Taxonomical and nomenclatural notes on Centaurea: A proposal of classification, a description of new sections and subsections, and a species list of the redefined section Centaurea. Collectanea Botanica 33: e001, pp. 1–29. doi: Full text PDF from ResearchGate. Reference page.  and of course since the publication of the definitive
  • Susanna, A. & Garcia-Jacas, N. 2009. Cardueae (Carduoideae). In Systematics, Evolution, and Biogeography of Compositae. Vienna: International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT). ISBN 978-3-9501754-3-1. pp.293-313. Reference page.  it has been difficult to maintain the separation. See their reference lists for more information. I can source more for example Hilpold et al., 2014. Phylogeny of the Centaurea group (Centaurea, Compositae)–geography is a better predictor than morphology. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 77: 195-215, but I have not made the templates!

I appreciate that synonymy or separation are taxonomic opinions, but it seems to me that the consensus is for the synonymy, but I am open to persuasion that is why I included you in the discussion. By the way @MILEPRI: has been making relevant redirects in Cyanus, please refrain from an edit war. Regards Andyboorman (talk) 14:35, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

OK. I was convinced. do you need help ? --Fagus (talk) 13:19, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
@Fagus: @MILEPRI: Any help appreciated, cheers. Next problem is going to be Hieracium and Pilosella and this one has very little consensus as far as I can see! Andyboorman (talk) 17:35, 14 May 2018 (UTC)