Leo Shapiro

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    Leo Shapiro commented on an older version of IUCN Red List Assessment:

    I believe this IUCN status assessment is misleading--not because of any error on the part of IUCN, but because the status refers to Synsepalum glycydora, which is apparently now treated as a synonym of the far more widely distributed S. dulcificum. Because this IUCN entry now appears on the S. dulcificum EOL page, it gives a misleading impression of the status of S. dulcificum. There are likely many similar examples on EOL (where the article presents, e.g., conservation status of one taxon that does not apply to a broader taxon with which it is synonymized). A careful user can check the original article, but it would be good if there were a way for EOL to make this more transparent.

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "Ashleigh Smythe":

    Ashleigh, I thought I'd drop you a line to encourage you to add some Brief Summaries for nematodes (free-living or parasitic) or other parasites (or other beasts) of interest to you. To be clear, Brief Summaries can be very brief, so especially for taxa you already know pretty well, this can be a very minor effort on your part but the benefit to EOL is substantial--especially since there are not a lot of easily accessible sources for many of the creatures you study. It's desirable, but NOT required, to include at least a couple of key references with a Brief Summary. I started a Parasites of Humans collection http://eol.org/collections/25914 (probably fairly complete and most pages with at least basic info) and a colleague started a Parasites of Domestic Animals collection http://eol.org/collections/27467 (really just initiated). We would welcome any contributions to the pages in these collections (or suggestions of taxa to add--and if you'd like to be able to add taxa yourself, we could probably add you as a manager of the collections). But you might have fun creating some collections of your own (e.g., Marine Nematodes? Nematode Parasites of Plants? etc.). Note, however, that for folks like yourself with valuable scientific expertise, we especially like to see you focusing some of your effort on actually enriching pages rather than just collecting them! Please let me know whether I can be of any assistance in facilitating your activities on EOL (wrt adding Brief Summaries, creating and managing collections, fixing problems you encounter, or anything else). One possibility you might want to consider is involving students in Invertebrate Biology or Parasitology courses (or even Intro Biology?) in researching and writing Brief Summaries. Anyhow, thank you for your interest in EOL and please let me know if I can be of assistance in any way! Leo Shapiro EOL Species Pages Group

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "Douglas Mutay":

    Ou dans le monde habitez-vous, Douglas?

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "Garrulus glandarius (Linnaeus, 1758)":

    @roebek: Thanks for that spelling correction, roebek!

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "High priority images in need of review":

    Could I be made a manager of High Priority Images in Need of Review?

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "MOST WANTED: plant images":

    Cyndy, You're now a manager of Most Wanted Plants, as well as Most Wanted Insects, and Most Wanted Birds

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "MOST WANTED: plant images":

    I have not been tracking these Most Wanted collections and I'm pretty sure they're way out of date. I think it's fine to remove them even if the images are Unreviewed--but if you throw these into a list I can try to get them Trusted by me or one of the Michaels.

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on Leo Shapiro's newsfeed:

    Thanks, Bob! I had just uploaded that about 15 minutes ago and had not yet done a read-through (fixed several other spelling/grammar mistakes as well). You really get around!

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on Leo Shapiro's newsfeed:

    That looks terrific, Michael--thanks! Whatever you are able to work in will be much appreciated.

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "C. Michael Hogan":

    Well, tackling Quercus, Arctostaphylos, etc. would be great! Anything you're able to do will be much appreciated.The project with Jen sounds very cool...

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "C. Michael Hogan":

    Hi Michael, You have added so much great content to EOL taxon pages. I'm wondering if you could help us with our push to write Brief Summaries for taxa in the RedHotList Pending collection http://eol.org/collections/10675?scope=selected_items&sort_by=7&view_as=1. Most items in this collection now have a taxonomic group name in the Sort field so it's easy to scan through gymnosperms, angiosperms, mammals, etc. There is some unavoidable arbitrariness (as well as taxonomic and geographic bias) to deciding what should be on this very dynamic list, but we have tried to include obvious categories such as economically important plants, parasites of humans, common zoo animals, abundant and widespread birds, etc. Suggestions for additions would be welcome--but especially if they come with a Brief Summary so the page may be ready to add directly to the RHL Completed [meaning only that a minimum standard has been met] collection http://eol.org/collections/10667. I'm hoping this project will pique your interest! Let me know if you have any questions. Leo

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "curatorish stuff":

    Hi Robert, Great to see you so active! I'd especially encourage you to keep contributing Brief Summaries for taxa from the Red Hot List Pending collection. I wanted to make sure you knew about this collection as well: http://eol.org/collections/6375 for logging homonyms, which often cause trouble on EOL. Most of the low-hanging fruit is already in here, I suspect, but given how much you're cruising around, I suspect you'll find some more (e.g., when you're searching for a particular insect genus and a fungus pops up).

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "Brief Summary":

    Normal range does not extend north of southern British Columbia.

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on Leo Shapiro's newsfeed:

    @Katja Schulz: Done--thanks for reminding me.

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "Katja Schulz":

    I would like to invite you to join "RedHotList Completed".

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "Jen Hammock":

    I would like to invite you to join "RedHotList Completed".

    about 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on an older version of Text:

    @Nathan Wilson: I don't recall details, but based on my comment from a couple of months ago it seems clear that some Comprehensive Description text has vanished.

    over 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on an older version of File:Weinbergschnecke Paarung.jpg:

    Species ID confirmed by Robert Nordsieck, owner of this web site: http://www.molluscs.at/gastropoda

    over 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on an older version of File:Weinbergschnecke Paarung.jpg:

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    Leo Shapiro commented on an older version of Text:

    Hidden to allow more useful Brief Summary from Comprehesive Description to display on Overview page--I hope we'll soon be able to do this without any Hiding.

    over 3 years ago