Documentation for the automated taxobox system

Taxonomy templates

Taxobox templates

How do I change the taxonomy that is displayed? edit

By default, an automated taxobox displays only the taxonomy necessary to give context to the taxon in question. This includes any major taxonomic ranks: that is, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species; and the immediate parent of the taxon in question, even if not a major rank. In some cases, editors may choose to display additional taxa:

  • To display more minor taxa, increase |display parents= (default = 1, meaning "immediate parent only").
  • To force a given taxon to appear in all of its children's taxoboxes, add the line "|always_display=true" to its taxonomy template page. This should be a very rare addition.
  • To force a given taxon to appear in only some of its children's taxoboxes is a little more complicated, but should also rarely be needed.
    1. Create a duplicate taxon at "Template:Taxonomy/taxon/displayed", with |always_displayed=true
    2. Modify the children that should display the given taxon so that their taxonomy template has |parent=taxon/displayed instead of |parent=taxon.
  • |display parents= should be used only to display minor ranks above the taxon that is the subject of the article and below the next major rank. |display parents= should not be used to display minor ranks above the next major rank. If it is desirable to display a minor rank for all subordinate taxa (e.g., a subfamily in species articles), set |always_display= in the taxonomy template rather than using |display parents= in the articles for each subordinate taxon. In the case where a single article cover multiple taxonomic ranks (due to monotypy), |display parents= may be used to display the minor rank parents of the highest rank taxon covered by the article.