Wikipedia:WikiProject Bivalves

Bivalves in mythology: The goddess of love floats to shore on one valve of a scallop shell, in The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli c. 1485–1486.

WikiProject Bivalves is a group of people who are working on organizing, improving and expanding Wikipedia's coverage of topics that relate to bivalve mollusks: clams, mussels, oysters, scallops and all of their relatives with two hinged shells, both living and fossil. Bivalves occur not only in saltwater, but also in brackish water and extensively in freshwater. The project also covers articles on topics related to bivalves, such as articles on their anatomical features and articles about malacologists who do research or did research on bivalve taxonomy. Everyone is welcome to join this endeavor.

This project was started on 1 January, 2012.

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For a list of new articles that mention bivalves, see User:AlexNewArtBot/BivalvesSearchResult.


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This WikiProject is an offshoot of the WikiProject Tree of Life

WikiProject Science
WikiProject Biology
WikiProject Tree of Life
WikiProject Marine Biology
WikiProject Bivalves

Descendant Wikiprojects: No descendant WikiProjects have been defined.

Related WikiprojectsEdit

It is worth keeping one eye on several Wikiprojects that may have some overlap with this one, including Wikipedia:WikiProject Gastropods, Wikipedia:WikiProject Cephalopods, Wikipedia:WikiProject Ecoregions, and Wikipedia:WikiProject Marine life.


See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Bivalves#Structure

Criteria for inclusionEdit

See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Bivalves#Criteria_for_inclusion

Names and titlesEdit

The names of mollusks in general do not follow the Bird article guidelines. It may perhaps be appropriate to follow the guidelines developed by the gastropod project. Basically articles on taxa should use the scientific name as the title, unless there is a very widely used common name that is very well known and unambiguous. Common names use sentence case, for example "Atlantic bay scallop".

Article contentsEdit

The following items are desirable for articles of all levels. Text should flow in continuous prose as much as possible.

  • Classification - This is usually made clear using the taxobox information.
  • Description (physical, behavioral) - what makes this (group of) creature(s) different from its close relatives?
  • Ecology, including range and habitat - where does it live? Distribution maps are helpful. Also what does it eat? What animals prey on it? Does it have parasites?
  • Cultural, religious, economic, importance - what impact has it had on humans? Include here use for experimental scientific purposes.

Task list and progressEdit

  1. Decide which taxonomic system will work for both living and fossil families
  2. Decide on what are the one or two or three most reliable sources we should use for taxonomy and nomenclature
  3. Create article for each of the highest-level taxa
  4. Create article for each taxonomic family
  5. Ensure all family articles are taxonomically consistent
    1. Ensure all articles between the Order and Family rank are taxonomically consistent
    2. Ensure that all articles between the rank of family and genus rank are taxonomically consistent
  6. Create articles for all species and for needed genera
    1. Create links for all species articles within the appropriate articles

Please feel free to check each one of these off as "done" when you feel it has been adequately completed.

Article alertsEdit

No Article alerts at this time.

Taxonomy and referencesEdit

For consistency, all taxonomy articles should start with a sentence in easily understood language describing the group (or species), and if the article is on a marine bivalve, it should have a reference to that taxon at the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), or another equally reliable source. We should try to ensure that the taxonomy in the taxoboxes is consistent throughout the class, and follows from the outline on Bivalvia.

Back when the project started, it was decided that the taxonomy of the Bivalvia should rely on Bieler, R., Carter, J.G. & Coan, E.V. (2010) Classification of Bivalve families. Pp. 113-133, in: Bouchet, P. & Rocroi, J.P. (2010), Nomenc of Bivalve Families. Malacologia 52(2): 1-184, which can be found at: Philippe Bouchet & Jean-Pierre Rocroi Rüdiger Bieler Joseph G. Carter Eugene V. Coan. 2010: Nomenclator of bivalve families with a classification of bivalve families. Malacologia 52: 4-112. However now we are in 2014, the taxonomy as expressed in WoRMS has diverged from that in Bieler et al. As of June 2014, it has not yet been decided what to do about this.

Article templatesEdit

  • Taxobox: All articles that are about one bivalve taxon need a taxobox (or automatic taxobox/speciesbox). This is something we have inherited from the Tree of Life WikiProject. Read more about the automatic taxobox system at WP:Automated taxobox system.
  • WikiProject Assessment: Please place the following template at the top of every bivalve article's talk pages:
{{WikiProject Bivalves|class=?|importance=?|needs-photo=?}}
This will help to direct editors to this page for guidance. More information about class and importance parameters can be found at WP:WikiProject Animals/Assessment.
  • Stubs: Please mark stub articles with the template below.
  • Bivalve anatomy navigation: Please add any new bivalve anatomy articles to this template as needed, and please add this template to any appropriate articles:
{{Bivalve anatomy}}

Invitation, and welcome to the projectEdit

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If you would like more information please visit the project page.

A big Welcome to WikiProject Bivalves for you, a new member! ...............

User boxEdit

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{{Wikipedia:WikiProject Bivalves/Userbox}}


Bivalvia BarnstarEdit

{{The Bivalvia Barnstar|put your message here ~~~~}}—an award placed at another users talk page for improving Bivalvia-related articles.

  The Bivalvia Barnstar

Mollusk barnstarEdit

{{Malacology barnstar}} is awarded to recognize great devotion in the creation and maintenance of high quality articles related to members of the phylum Mollusca. Use {{subst:Malacology barnstar|message ~~~~}} to award this barnstar.

  Malacology barnstar
Awarded to recognize great devotion in the creation and maintenance of high quality articles related to members of the phylum Mollusca. Thank you!

Bivalve barnstarEdit

{{Bivalve Barnstar}} is awarded to recognize great devotion in the creation and maintenance of high quality bivalve articles. Use {{subst:Bivalve Barnstar|message ~~~~}} to award this barnstar.

  WikiProject Bivalves Barnstar
This spiny Spondylus Barnstar is awarded to you in recognition of your excellent articles on the subject of bivalve mollusks. Your efforts are much appreciated!


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