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    Dana Campbell commented on "Notes":

    The genus is monotypic.

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Iucn red list info":

    Some good info here but your presentation is a little rough. Please correct capitalization and spacing and use full sentences.

    Also IUCN (your source) does not list this species as threatened - it is listed as least concern.

    May be better to put this into brief summary than under "habitat"

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Iucn red list info":

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    Dana Campbell commented on "hebeloma crustuliniforme- poison pie or fairy cake fungi":

    not correctly licensed

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "hebeloma crustuliniforme- poison pie or fairy cake fungi":

    петя спасова, In cases like this where a Wikipedia article doesn't show up on the respective EOL page but it has good info it is great to add the article content. However, when you do this, two things you need to think about. 1. The version here needs to be licensed here under the same license as its original in wikipedia. This is cc-by-sa. 2. It would be much nicer if you formatted the text in a more appropriate way for EOL rather than simply copying and pasting everything. The images often show up as broken links when stuck into a EOL text file, and special text files in wikipedia (such as the mycomorpho box on the side) often don't format well. Especially for a brief summary, it would be nice to organize the paragraphs without unnecessary table of content summaries.

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Classification":

    source?

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of Eutheria:

    Better to say "The Eutheria". "about 4000 species". I think you mean rodents here, not rats. Leave out the word either. Your last paragraph is editorial, please remove.

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Notopsalta":

    this is a cicada genus, not cicad. Australia needs to be capitalized. Looks like the classification of this genus is more complicated than you describe - the new Zealand species now considered a different genus? This looks like a nice reference, please cite it properly.

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Rhodopsalta":

    why past tense? "Thus" is awkward here.

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of Numbers:

    Please cite your source for this info more completely, this is not clear. What do you mean by unclassified? = undescribed? Undiscovered species richness is very difficult to estimate - this number of 5 million undiscovered Hymenoptera should be better documented, it doesn't sound right. Who are the scientists that think this?

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Brief Summary":

    Theodore, when used like this, family is not capitalized or italicized. Neither is genus. Since the name tells you it is in genus Carnus, you do not need to restate this. You are not clear here on the parasitic lifestyle of this fly. Typo: "lives". Other sources indicate this species is widespread in N. America. You need more research in this article.

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Image of Callinicus calcaneus":

    Theodore, images of species are automatically collected into the media file for their genus, as well as higher taxa they belong to. You do not need to associate images with higher taxa for them to show up there.

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of The American Cheetah and the Pronghorn:

    Theodore, your 2nd paragraph misses the point that the article you cited is making - that there was no evolutionary arms race between Miracinonyx and the pronghorn. The author argues that this was a theory based on the African cheetah, incorrectly applied to the American Miracinonyx. He specifically states there is little known about the diet and ecology of Miracinonyx (and that perhaps more can be learned by isotope and or coprolite analysis). While Miracinonyx has some features similar to (not "just like") the cheetah (large nostrils, long limbs etc), the author makes the point that its resemblance to the cheetah in no way proves that it evolved to be an agile runner or that it hunted pronghorns. There is nothing in this article indicating that it reached speeds of 60+mph. The author uses the example of Grand canyon Miracinonyx to illustrate that Miracinonyx lived in diverse habitats, and may have had a diversity of hunting habits including on rock faces (but NOT that Miracinonyx live more like snow leopards.)

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Spongiphoridae":

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

    3 months 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.

    3 months 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.

    3 months 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 months 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 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on " info":

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

    3 months ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on "Description of Canis familiaris":

    not informative in this context

    3 months ago