Wikispecies:Wikispecies in the literature

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This is a list of scientific articles in taxonomy or nomenclature with content that originated in Wikispecies or other Wikimedia projects.

Articles in this list should involve specific material on Wikispecies, merely citing, discussing (i.e. as an example of repository of taxonomic information) or linking to Wikispecies in general is not what this page is about.


Year Taxa or page involved Users involved Connection Citation
2009 Rhinothrombium N/A Wikispecies one of several sources pointed out for uncritically using an incorrect spelling taken from Nomenclator Zoologicus Zhang, Z.-Q. 2009: Nomenclatural notes on Rhinothrombium Berlese, 1910 (Acari: Tanaupodidae). Systematic & applied acarology 14(1): 65–67. DOI: 10.11158/saa.14.1.8
2011 N/A User:Stho002 and User:OhanaUnited Acknowledgement on collaboration Erwin, T., Stoev, P., Georgiev, T. & Penev, L. 2011. ZooKeys 150: Three and a half years of innovative publishing and growth. ZooKeys 150: 5–14. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2431
2011 List of valid homonyms N/A Wikispecies a major source for the original iteration of the titular database Shipunov, A. 2011.The problem of hemihomonyms and the on-line hemihomonyms database (HHDB). Bionomina 4: 65–72.
2012 Antillanthus discolor User:Circeus Illegitimate name uncovered on Wikispecies Girard, J.-S. & Pruski, J.F. 2012. Antillanthus discolor, the correct name for Antillanthus almironcillo (M. Gómez) B. Nord. (Asteraceae: Senecioneae). Phytoneuron 2012–59: 1–2. PDF.
2014 N/A User:Kempf EK Briefly discusses Kempf's contributions to Wikispecies Matzke-Karasz, R. (2014). Eugen Karl Kempf, the man behind the Kempf Database Ostracoda. Crustaceana 87(8–9): 901–922. DOI: 10.1163/15685403-00003336
2014 Jamides alecto alecto User:Accassidy Synonymy of J. tertius first suggested on Wikispecies Rawlins, A., Cassidy, A., Müller, C., Schröder, S. & Tennent, W.J. 2014. An Illustrated and annotated checklist of Jamides Hübner, 1819, taxa occurring in the Indonesian Provinces of North Maluku and Maluku (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo N.F. 35(1/2): 5–39. PDF. (Template:Rawlins,etal, 2014)
2015 Scarabaeus afronitidus User:Neferkheperre Homonymy discovered on Wikispecies Davis, A.L.V., Stals, R. & Deschodt, C.M. 2015. New replacement name for the species Scarabaeus (Scarabaeolus) nitidus Davis & Deschodt, 2015 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae)—not an American pest. Zootaxa 4057(4): 582–582. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4057.4.7 Full article (PDF). (Template:Davis, Stals & Deschodt, 2015)
2015 Deudorix cleora user:Accassidy [From Gscholar preview] Photo of the female noted as being available on Wikispecies well before it was reported in the literature Muller, C.J. 2015. The female of Deudorix cleora Miller and Miller, 1986 (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Australian Entomologist 42(2): 59–62.
2016 Forsteronia & Pinochia User:Circeus Illegitimate name uncovered while compiling data for English Wikipedia Endress, M.E. & Hansen, B.F. 2016. (2421–2422) Proposals to conserve the names Forsteronia and Pinochia (Apocynaceae), the former with a conserved type. Taxon 65(1): 189. DOI: 10.12705/651.21
2016 Ancyronyx montanus N/A [from Gscholar preview] Asserts that authorship for this name on Wikispecies is incorrect Jäch, M.A., Kodada, J., Brojer, M., Shepard, W.D., & Čiampor, F. 2016. World Catalogue of Insects, Volume 14: Coleoptera: Elmidae and Protelmidae. Leiden: Brill. DOI: 10.1163/9789004291775_003 ISBN 978-90-04-29177-5.
2017 Caroxylon imbricatum User:Thiotrix Cites that Wikispecies (accessed 10 May 2017) "already contains an abbreviated revision of the names related to C. imbricatum" Falatoury, A.N., Iamonico, D. & Freitag, H. 2017. Nomenclature of Caroxylon imbricatum (Amaranthaceae / Chenopodiaceae), with a new combination at variety rank. Phytotaxa 331(1): 101–108. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.331.1.8 (Template:Falatoury, Iamonico & Freitag, 2017)
2017 Rhododendron × intermedium and
Rhododendron × halense
N/A Wikispecies one of several sources pointed out for improperly using a name generally agreed to not be validly published Sosnovsky, Y., Nachychko, V., & Mráz, P. 2017. On the typification and nomenclature of Rhododendron ×intermedium (Ericaceae). Phytotaxa 313(2): 195–202. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.313.2.5
2019 Hyboserica & Hyposerica N/A Noting misplaced taxon on the Wikispecies page due to typos in import source [errors corrected] Fabrizi, S., Eberle, J. & Ahrens, D. 2019. Unexpected diversity of Hyboserica chafers in South African forest remnants: cladistic analysis, new species and the new genus Leoserica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 186(4): 950–982. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zly095 (Template:Fabrizi, Eberle & Ahrens, 2019)
2019 Hylotelephieae & Telephiinae User:Circeus,
User:Andyboorman &
User:Michael Goodyear
Ilegitimacy and invalidity of Telephiinae name uncovered on Wikispecies Girard, J.-S., Goodyear, M. & Boorman, A. Submitted. Wikispecies Notula I: A valid name for the Hylotelephium clade (Crassulaceae, Sempervivoideae). Phytotaxa.
2019 N/A N/A Wikispecies used to source number of species in "certain groups that are not represented in [Catalogue of Life]" Naranjo‐Ortiz, M.A. & Gabaldón, T. 2019. Fungal evolution: diversity, taxonomy and phylogeny of the Fungi. Biological Reviews 94(6): 2101–2137. DOI: 10.1111/brv.12550
2019 Cephalanthera subaphylla N/A Wikispecies one of several sources consulted regarding variable treatment of titular species Chung, M.Y., Son, S., Chung, J.M., López-Pujol, J., Yukawa, T. & Chung, M.G. 2019. Evaluation of the taxonomic rank of the terrestrial orchid Cephalanthera subaphylla based on allozymes. Korean Journal of Plant Taxonomy 49(2): 118-126. DOI: 10.11110/kjpt.2019.49.2.118.
2019 Neopimus N/A Wikispecies source (!!) for placement in Medonina Janák, J. (2019). Revision of the South African genus Neopimus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). Zootaxa. 4577(2): 361-370. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4577.2.8
2020 Category:Repositories N/A Wikispecies used to source some collection abbreviations. Verde Arregoitia, L.D., Teta, P. & D'Elía, G. 2020. Patterns in research and data sharing for the study of form and function in caviomorph rodents. Journal of Mammalogy Online first. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyaa002.
2020 Cyphocarpa User:Circeus &
Divergence on interpretation of spelling uncovered on Wikispecies. Girard, J.-S. & Kothe-Heinrich, G. In press. Proposal to conserve the name Kyphocarpa with that spelling (Amaranthaceae). Taxon.
2020 Claudedebeella User:Circeus[1] Homonymy of Falklandia noticed on Wikispecies Thurston, M.H. & Horton, T. 2020. Claudedebeella, a replacement name for Falklandia De Broyer, 1985 (Crustacea, Amphipoda, Lysianassoidea, Tryphosidae), preoccupied by Falklandia Forster & Platnick, 1985 (Arachnida, Araneae). Zootaxa. 4750(3): 437-438. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4750.3.10 Paywall.
2020 Falklandietta User:Circeus Homonymy of Falklandia noticed on Wikispecies Brandão, S.N. In press. Falklandia Whatley et al., 1987 (Ostracoda): biogeography, taxonomic review and a nomen novum, Falklandietta. Zootaxa.


  1. There clearly was some miscommunication: I am not a PhD!