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    Dana Campbell commented on "Spongiphoridae":

    @Theodore Ganea: Where did you get this name?? Did you make it up?

    1 day ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Canis dirus Leidy 1858":

    @Theodore Ganea: curious why you are changing common names to make them plural?? Makes it sound like there are multiple types within this species. If perhaps you are referring to a species that has multiple subspecies then a common name that takes this into account might be warranted, but not the case here.

    1 day ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Smilodon fatalis (Leidy, 1868)":

    @Theodore Ganea: Yes, its true that common names are not very specific sometimes - they are vernacular names used in common communication. If you don't want this name on the name bar for this species, that's fine, but non-specificity doesn't mean the name should necessarily be untrusted. And the main thing is, you can't just go making up common names - they are historical and can't be coined on the spot for convenience.

    1 day 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!

    3 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)

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on " info":

    Wikipedia content is always licensed as cc-by-sa.

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Description of Canis familiaris":

    not informative in this context

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Description of Pseudoceros lividus":

    "...distinguished *from* two other blue species..." ??

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Extinction":

    Might be good to move this article to "fossil history" category, and address the period in which it lived as well as potential reasons for its extinction.

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of Description:

    Here is another (research-based) reference for body size of Smilodon species: Per Christiansen1,* and John M. Harris2 Body size of Smilodon (Mammalia: Felidae). Journal of Morphology Volume 266, Issue 3, pages 369–384, December 2005 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jmor.10384/full

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Extinction":

    needs some clarification

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Extinction":

    It would be good if you mentioned that the genus Smilodon is extinct in your overview articles above. You don't give any info here about when Smilodon species lived or when it died off. Keep clear that Smilodon is a genus, not just one species. What do you mean by "a myth among many people?"; What do you mean by the colonization of South America? How were Smilodon opportunistic? (Smilodon species colonizing South America?) You have given very clear cut causes for extinction but you should be clear that causes are not fully understood and research is still investigating this. What is reference 5?? Spelling error: cuased.

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of Description:

    Rather than saying "built like a bear" please be more descriptive. Heavier? More robust? It didn't actually have sabers in its mouth, it had saber-like, curved canine teeth. Please cut this sentence. These might be a well-known characteristic of Smilodon cats, but not it's "main characteristic." It would be great if you could reference a more scientific source. Your references 1 and 2 are somewhat questionable, and include no references on them. Info there may be correct but it should be verified. Your wikipedia source has a large list including more scientific websites, e.g. http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/mammal/carnivora/sabretooth.html.

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Smilodon":

    The term "successful" is not informative here.

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of Smilodon's range:

    Hi Theodore, thank you for your contribution. The first sentence here, though, is not accurate. It is unclear what you mean by "very successful," but not all "successful" species have a large range. Could you please remove this sentence? Also, you make Smilodon sound like it is the species, but it is a genus composed of (probably) three species. When you use it as a genus name it should always be italicized. Finally, your last sentence of the third paragraph does not contribute useful information and should be removed.

    3 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "data about Xylaria hypoxylon (L.) Grev. 1824":

    This is candle snuff fungus. Interacts with itself?

    22 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "National NatureServe Conservation Status":

    This refers to Prosthechea cochleata var. triandra only (the Florida variant).

    about 1 month ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "National Distribution":

    This refers to Prosthechea cochleata var. triandra only (the Florida variant).

    about 1 month ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "File:Prosthechea cochleata (as Epidendrum lancifolium)-Edwards vol 28 pl 50 (1842).jpg":

    I believe this is Prosthechea trulla rather than P. cochleata

    about 1 month ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "File:Prosthechea cochleata (as Epidendrum lancifolium)-Edwards vol 28 pl 50 (1842).jpg":

    I believe this is Prosthechea trulla

    about 1 month ago