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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose or vontsira fotsy (Galidictis fasciata):

    This is my third and last comment for now, Jonathan, sorry they are in reverse order from the way I wrote them...

    You were very thorough about citing sources to back up the info in your write-up. Thank you for this! One more thing - please be careful about how you write out your sources. They should be consistent in format and info. E.g.:

    Blench, Roger and Martin Walsh: Faunal names in Malagasy: their etymologies and implications for the prehistory of the East African coast (2009)

    should be

    Blench, R. and M. Walsh (2009). Faunal names in Malagasy: their etymologies and implications for the prehistory of the East African coast. And you should have more info here. What is this? A book? An article? A webpage? If there is an electronic link to it, please provide it.

    Hawkins, A.F.A. (2008) should have the web address/link. Since the access date listed here is way before you wrote this article, I'm thinking that you might not have directly used this reference (it was a reference inside a reference?) in which case you can leave it out here -- your reader can track back to the references within the source you used yourself.

    Animal Diversity Web (http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Galidictis_fasciata/). At the bottom of the page for this source, ADW gives information about how to cite the article (many websites do this - it's very convenient and worth looking for!) Please use their format: Burrell, M. 2005. "Galidictis fasciata" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed September 09, 2014 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Galidictis_fasciata/

    your references numbers 8,9 and 13 (all websites like the ADW one above) also need more detailed citations. Please look back on the website. They should have author and date if at all possible. Reference 13 is wikipedia article - it needs the reference to permanent link you used. See here for how to cite a wikipedia article on EOL: http://eol.org/info/reusing_wikipedia (scroll down a little - the first part on this link doesn't apply to you here)

    12 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose or vontsira fotsy (Galidictis fasciata):

    Another couple comments on your references, and hopefully this will answer the questions you asked but please let me know if you have further questions or this is not clear:

    The reference section ideally should be a list of references you cite in your text (giving the source of information you used to write the text). If you use info from some article (for e.g. an article on ADW) then you should list that article in your references, and cite it in the text where ever appropriate (i.e. where you give info from that article). THe article may use other references to support its info, but you don't need to put those references into your own reference list, unless you yourself use that reference from which to directly pull information. If you just used the ADW article, you direct your readers to the ADW article so your reader can tell where *you* got the info, then you can let the reader track that info back into the ADW article's references if they need/want to. If you want to make it very clear to the reader that there are many contributing sources/or varying opinions on a specific topic within an article you site, then you may want to say something in your citation like (I'm making this up): species size is controversial (Dollar 2000, and sources cited within). But this is something exceptional, not a usual case.

    If there are other articles that you didn't use in your own write-up, but you think might be of interest/use to readers, you might want to gather them into a little list at the end of your article (maybe title it "further information" -- by the way, please remove this heading from the top of your reference section, it doesn't serve any purpose here). I would avoid making this kind of "further information" list (or keep to a minimum) unless really necessary, though. Ideally, you would draw *something* from each of the sources in your own write-up so your readers can interpret why the articles are useful/important/why you list them. Even if it's just to say where relevant in your text something like: "for more details about reproduction, see Dollar (2000)"

    12 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose or vontsira fotsy (Galidictis fasciata):

    Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks for your work on this - looks good. Watch typos (heads in first paragraph should be head). Also, I don't know of the symbol @ being used for "approximate" -- which is what I'm interpreting ou mean here, but this is confusing - could you change this symbol to a word? Genus, species and subspecies names are always italicized.

    I'm not sure why your references are becoming reorganized, possibly because they do not all start with numbers. You might try removing the number system and just use the first author's name and date in your text [e.g. (Dollar, 2000) instead of the numeral 2] -- this way you would not have the inconsistency of having some start with numbers.

    12 days ago

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    Olingo commented on an older version of Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose or vontsira fotsy (Galidictis fasciata):

    Hello Dana I have edited the article again. For some reason, the computer places further information above the numbered references I placed at the top. Can this be rectified? All the best Jonathan Wright

    12 days ago

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    Olingo commented on an older version of Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose or vontsira fotsy (Galidictis fasciata):

    Hello Dana I'm sorry this is a bit late. I have revamped the page and I hope it includes the sources I used. I'll check the ADW site later and see if I need to add any other references. Have you got any advice about how I can check which information is original and which has been taken from other sources? I am compiling a mammal book at home and find that it can be difficult to differentiate which reference sources should be mentioned. Thank you Jonathan

    13 days ago

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    Dana Campbell removed a common name in an unknown language from "Galidictis fasciata (Gmelin, 1788)".

    26 days ago

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    Dana Campbell added an unknown common name in an unknown language to "Galidictis fasciata (Gmelin, 1788)".

    26 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose or vontsira fotsy (Galidictis fasciata):

    Would also be nice if you could cite this article: Wozencraft, W.C. (1986) A new species of striped mongoose from Madagascar. Journal of Mammology, 67(3): 561-571. This is the original description -- it was only formally described in 1986!

    26 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose or vontsira fotsy (Galidictis fasciata):

    Hi Olingo, Nice contribution. A few suggestions: 1. It would be nice if you could cite your references more systematically in your text (either use the number system or author, year -- I prefer author, year myself). What do you mean by "other references" at the top of your reference list? Did you use all of the references cited in the creation of your text (you have not cited them all)? 2. If any of your references have a web link, it would be nice if you could include that at the end of the reference citation. 3. Information needs to be interpreted rather than taken directly from a source. E.g. "males captured in October and late November did have scrotal testes volume of 1884 mm" has been taken directly from somewhere (Garbutt 1999? ADW (http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Galidictis_fasciata/ ? - Looks like you may have use ADW as a source, which is reasonable content just cite it when you use it). In addition to the info coming directly from some other source, this information is pretty specific to a reader of a general description who would probably have no idea of the scrotal testes volume of non-reproductive males with which to put this information in context. 4. typo: accoustic (=acoustic)

    26 days ago

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