Michаel Frаnkis

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of Cedrus atlantica":

    Cedrus deodara

    15 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Juniper (Juniper sp.)":

    Approximate coordinates, based on Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Travis County, Texas: Latitude 30.185278; Longitude -97.870556

    19 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: OK thanks! I'll add an association to J. ashei.

    19 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Thanks! Any way of getting back to the supplier to get its details corrected? Tons of Juniperus pics, but not so many of J. ashei with cones like this one.

    19 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    A typo in the scientific name of this item has created a superfluous EoL page:
    http://eol.org/data_objects/26486969
    Should of course be Juniperus sp., not Juniper sp.; for species, it is Juniperus ashei
    The latitude and longitude given are also incorrect (in the sea off west Africa, not in Texas!!)

    19 days ago • edited: 19 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - sorry, I don't have any experience of virus classification, so wouldn't know how to construct a taxonavigation for it at Commons.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Ailurus fulgens":

    Sorry, I have to disagree there. First, the animal is not in its natural surrounds, it is in a habitat it wouldn't be seen dead in, let alone alive. Second, and more important, it is of unknown provenance. Ailurus is currently treated as a single species with two allopatric subspecies; should future research conclude that it should be divided into two (or more) taxa at species rank (a very possible scenario, that has occurred with numerous other species recently), then these zoo images become (because of their unknown provenance) untrustable, unidentifiable Ailurus species: in effect, worthless. A wild specimen with location is however identifiable by its location, and therefore, valuable.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "File:Lullula arborea MHNT.jpg":

    @ Yan Wong - agree; done.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - I'm not sure where the vernaculars are stored in wikidata either; it might be better to harvest them from the Commons categories, if that can be done. Though how reliable they are is another matter - en:wiki at least has a ridiculous policy on names that all must be given equal prominence, whether they are the official standard name that everyone uses, or some archaic variant that got dredged out of a 17th century book and never used since. So I'd certainly not trust en:wiki as a safe source.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Phil Myers":

    I was referring to 'plastic' in the figurative sense (i.e. 'cheap, worthless, junk'), not literal, and in reference to the captive animal of unknown provenance, not the teeth ;-)

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Ailurus fulgens":

    @Rob Mutch: Hi Rob - photographically a good pic, but I don't think it's a good idea to have plastic zoo junk without source data (or subspecies information) and out of natural habitat set as an exemplar, when we do have some photos of natural specimens in the wild with locations; these are of infinitely higher scientific value ;-)

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    Hi Yan - I've done a couple more from the high priority list; how do I remove them from the list after they're done?

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Thanks! It'll disappear with the next Commons harvest anyway, as I've recategorised it at Commons ;-)

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Thanks! First give-away was the habitat, in a garden with temperate cultivated Acer palmatum, second was the cagebird breeder's ring on its leg (different shape to bird ringers' rings ;-)

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    Hi Yan - in the high priority list http://eol.org/collections/23073?sort_by=1 you'd added a pic of Aratinga jandaya - just to let you know, I deselected this pic, as it is a captive bird with a rather more orange head than the species should have, making me suspect it could be a captive-origin hybrid with Aratinga solstitialis. I've selected a different pic (of a wild bird) for the exemplar.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Rob Mutch":

    Yes it is, Fig. 9 in the bottom row, under the old synonym Phalacrocorax dilophus floridanus ;-)

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - yep, looks like I did, without realising it! I've deleted it now.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    Hi Yan - with photos from Commons like this one: http://eol.org/data_objects/28711456 it's simpler to go to the Commons original and remove the incorrect category there (I've done so now!), then the pic is correctly allocated after the next harvest ;-)

    2 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "File:SierraLeoneP012.tif":

    @Luc Baudouin: It's easier to go to the Wiki Commons source page, and change the category at the bottom of the page from 'Cocos nucifera' to 'Elaeis guineensis' - then the error is corrected automatically at the next harvest of Commons. I've done it now ;-)

    2 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - Thanks! Must admit, I'd never thought of that - how do I apply? And thanks for the offer of support!

    On the Eucalyptus rudis pic, is it possible to 'un-set' an exemplar? The only way I can think of is to set a different pic as one, which I don't want to do as the rest are less good!

    2 months ago