WikiProject Animals

28 September 2007

Current Coordinator

General information



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Some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to animals. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the Task list. To join the project, add your username here.

Scope and goals

This WikiProject aims primarily to describe, create and maintain articles on all animals, that is, all species belonging to the kingdom Animalia. This project's scope also includes zoologists and zoology-related articles.


  1. Create and maintain articles about animals to an encyclopedic standard.
  2. Describe all families, genera and species of the kingdom Animalia.
  3. Maintain Category:Animals and its subcategories.
  4. Assess and rate articles under the scope of Wikiproject Animals.

WikiProject Animals Monthly Task List for December

This is the WikiProject Animals monthly task list. If you finish a task, feel free to remove it at Wikipedia:WikiProject Animals/Monthly.

WikiProject family tree

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Articles for deletion

Categories for discussion

Articles to be merged

Articles for creation


Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Animal

Naming conventions

See also: Wikipedia:Manual of Style § Animals, plants, and other organisms; and Wikipedia:Naming conventions (fauna)

Common (vernacular) names are not capitalised (except where proper names appear).

Article content

For articles where a common name is used for the article title, the consensus way to write the combination of common name plus scientific name in the lead is (per this discussion):

The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an even-toed ungulate mammal....

Namely, bold common name followed by unbolded italic scientific name in parentheses.


The Fauna Barnstar
This award is given to those who have made significant contributions to articles that are part of WikiProject Animals

To use this, simply add

((The Fauna Barnstar|message ~~~~))

to the talk page of the user you wish to reward. Make sure you include a message indicating why they are receiving the award.


Direct links


Main tool page: "tools:~dispenser/view/Tools|"