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
2010 Psidium cattleianum var. cattleianum User:Epibase Synonymy of Eugenia pseudovenosa noted on Wikispecies before it was in print Snow, N. & Veldkamp, J. 2010. Miscellaneous taxonomic and nomenclatural notes for Myrtaceae. Austrobaileya, 8(2): 177–186. JSTOR Paywall.
2010 Copelatus sibelaemontis user:Michael Munich Species posted to wikispecies in advance of publication

Hájek, J., Hendrich, L., Hawlitschek, O. & Balke, M. 2010. Copelatus sibelaemontis sp. nov. (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) from the Moluccas with generic assignment based on morphology and DNA sequence data. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(2): 437–443. PDF (Template:Hájek et al., 2010)

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. PDF. DOI: 10.11646/bionomina.4.1.3
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.
2015 Uropodina and Uropodidae N/A Wikispecies amongst "several less formal sources of information" used for compiling the catalogue Halliday, R.B. 2015: Catalogue of genera and their type species in the mite Suborder Uropodina (Acari: Mesostigmata). Zootaxa 3972(2): 101–147. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3972.2.1 Open access. Template:Halliday, 2015
2015 Lysianassidae N/A Wikispecies among sources cited for subfamilial classification Jung, T.W., Choi, H.K., & Yoon, S. M. 2015. First Record of the Genus Lepidepecreum (Amphipoda: Lysianassidae: Tryphoinae) from Korean Waters. Korean Journal of Environmental Biology, 33(2): 119–125. DOI: 10.11626/KJEB.2015.33.2.119 Open access.
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 Jamides snelleni User:Accassidy Wikipedia one of few distribution report in Sulawesi

Roos, P.H. 2016. Third record of Semanga helena Röber, 1887 from Sulawesi and notes on the distribution of Jamides snelleni Röber, 1886 (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae). Nachrichten des entomologischen Vereins Apollo, N.F. 37(2/3): 89–92. ResearchGate Open access. (Template:Roos,PH, 2016)

2016 Ancyronyx montanus N/A Notes (p. 7) that attribution to Freitag alone in original publication is clearly a lapsus calami. 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.
2016 Victor Ivanovich Motschulsky N/A Wikispecies cited (p. xiv) for Motschulsky's use of a pseudonym
2016 N/A N/A Wikispecies used alongside APG to check family assignment of genera Caruso, C. M., Eisen, K. & Case, A. L. 2016. An Angiosperm-Wide Analysis of the Correlates of Gynodioecy. International Journal of Plant Sciences 177(2) 115–121. DOI: 10.1086/684260 Open access.
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
2017 Rossicuvillierina User:Brya Homonymy noted on Wikispecies Brandão, S.N. 2017. Rossicuvillierina nom. nov. for Cuvillierina Rossi de Garcia, 1972 (Ostracoda: Crustacea), non Debourle, 1955 (Foraminifera). Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia 20(2): 275–276. DOI: 10.4072/rbp.2017.2.09 Open access.
2018 Agrilus N/A Wikispecies amongst sources used for subgeneric classification of Agrilus Bozorov, T.A., Luo, Z., Li, X., Zhang, D. 2018 ("2019"). Agrilus mali Matsumara (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), a new invasive pest of wild apple in western China: DNA barcoding and life cycle. Ecol Evol. 9(3): 1160– 1172. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4804 Open access.
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 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 101(2): 604–612. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyaa002 Open access.
2020 Cyphocarpa User:Circeus &
Divergence on interpretation of spelling uncovered on Wikispecies. Girard, J.-S. & Kothe-Heinrich, G. 2020. Proposal to conserve the name Kyphocarpa with that spelling (Amaranthaceae). Taxon 69(2): 405-406. DOI: 10.1002/tax.12221 Open access.
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 general User:Faendalimas Formation and Governance, Regulation and Endorsement of Global Species lists Stephen T. Garnett, Les Christidis, Stijn Conix, Mark J. Costello, Frank E. Zachos, Olaf S. Ba´nki, Yiming Bao, Saroj K. Barik, John Stewart Buckeridge, Donald Hobern, Aaron Lien, Narelle Montgomery, Svetlana Nikolaeva, Richard L. Pyle, Scott A. Thomson, Peter Paul van Dijk, Anthony Whalen, Zhi-Qiang Zhang & Kevin R. Thiele. 2020. Principles for creating a single authoritative list of the world’s species. PLoS Biology 18(7): e3000736. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000736. (Garnett et al 2020)
2020 Popondochromus User:Circeus Homonymy of Popondetta noticed on Wikispecies Dellapé, P.M. & Henry, T.J. 2020. Popondochromus, a Replacement Name for the Targaremini Genus Popondetta Woodward, 1978 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae: Rhyparochrominae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 122(4): 1005–1006 DOI: 10.4289/0013-8797.122.4.1005 Paywall.
2020 Parastasia User:Circeus & User:Monster Iestyn Priority of Caelidia noted on Wikispecies. Girard, J.-S. & Jealous, I. 2020. Wikispecies Notula I. Parastasia Westwood, 1841, nomen protectum and Caelidia Boisduval, 1835, nomen oblitum (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini). Journal of Tropical Coleopterology 1(2):47–50. PDF.
2021 Brianaudea User:Circeus Homonymy of Naudea noticed on Wikispecies Boyko, C.B. 2021. Brianaudea nom. nov., a replacement name for Naudea Kensley, 1979 (Crustacea: Isopoda: Bathynataliidae), a junior homonym of Naudea Meyer & Rodriguez, 1966 (Chelicerata: Acariformes: Iolinidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 134(1):6–7. DOI: 10.2988/21-00001 Paywall.
2021 N/A N/A "Representative genera photos" taken from Wikispecies Cássia-Silva, C., Freitas, C.G., Jardim, L., Bacon, C.D. & Collevatti, R.G. 2021. In situ radiation explains the frequency of dioecious palms on islands. Annals of Botany. 128(2): 205–215. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcab056 Open access.
2021 Mucuna nigricans N/A Wikispecies source for taxon images Misra, R.C., Raina, A.P., Pani, D.R., Das, G., Mukherjee, A.K. & Ahlawat, S.P. 2021. Genetic diversity, extent of variability and indigenous traditional knowledge of Mucuna Adans. (Fabaceae) in Odisha, Eastern India. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 68(3): 1243-1268. DOI: 10.1007/s10722-020-01093-1 Open access.
2021 N/A N/A "for any species extrapolated at a taxonomic level below the level of family, we consulted compiled genera lists for each group, using taxonomic references and Wikispecies" Millard, J., Outhwaite, C.L., Kinnersley, R., Freeman, R., Gregory, R.D., Adedoja, O., Gavini, S., Kioko, E., Kuhlmann, M., Ollerton, J., Ren, Z.-X., Newbold, T. (2021). Global effects of land-use intensity on local pollinator biodiversity. Nature Communications. 12(1): a2902. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-23228-3 Open access.
2021 N/A N/A Wikispecies mentioned as a taxonomic project Brower, A.V.Z. & Schuh, R.T. 2021. Biological Systematics: Principles and Applications. Third edition. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. DOI: 10.1515/9781501752797 Paywall. ISBN 978-1-5017-5279-7.
2021 Bothriurus bonariensis User:Circeus Wikispecies one of numerous sources the author chides for using what he believes is an incorrect publication year[2] Giambelluca, L.A. 2021. Is the city of La Plata the collection site for Bothriurus bonariensis (C.L. Koch, 1843) syntypes (Scorpiones: Bothriuridae)? Revista de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina 80(3): 41-42. DOI: 10.25085/rsea.800306 Open access.
2021 Dorcasta User:Circeus Priority of Gnaphalocera noted on Wikispecies. Girard, J.-S. & Tavakilian, G. 2021. Wikispecies Notula II. Unexpected availability of a name in Cerambycidae leads to a reversal of precedence. Humanity space. International almanac. 10(8): 1109-1116. DOI: 10.24412/2226-0773-2021-10-8-1109-1116 Open access. (Girard & Tavakilian, 2021)
2021 Tydeoidea User:Hmandre Reporting on use of Wikispecies for compiling information in a wiki format André, H.M. 2021. The Tydeoidea (Ereynetidae, Iolinidae, Triophtydeidae and Tydeidae) - An online database in the Wikispecies platform. Acarologia 61(4): 1023-1035. DOI: 10.24349/6yc5-1lxw Open access (André, 2021)
2022 Atopopogon User:Circeus Homonymy of Forcipomyia (Atopomyia) noticed on Wikispecies Borkent, A., Dominiak, P. & Díaz, F. 2022. An Update and Errata for the Catalog of the Biting Midges of the World (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). Zootaxa, 5120(1): 53–64. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.5120.1.3 Open access. (Borkent, Dominiak & Díaz, 2022)
2022 Sclerodermus User:Circeus Misinterpretation noticed during routine literature review Brothers, D.J., Azevedo, C.O., Viñolas, A., Muñoz-Batet, J. & Pujade-Villar, J. 2022. Is the name Sclerodermus Latreille available from 1810, or 1809 after all? (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae). Butlletí de la Institució Catalana d'Història Natural, 86(1): 11. PDF. DOI: 10.2436/20.1502.01.99 [nonfunctional] Broken access.
2022 N/A N/A Source of biological taxonomy data in Wikidata Page, R.D.M. 2022. Wikidata and the bibliography of life. PeerJ, 10: e13712. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.13712 Open access


  1. There clearly was some miscommunication: I am not a PhD!
  2. Following a discussion with the author on ResearchGate, Dr. Giambelluca has acknowledged the point that bibliographic research indicates the printed date is incorrect but he is not happy about it.