Talk:List of placental mammals

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All of these headings need to be demoted one level. RickK | Talk 05:47, 19 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Done. WormRunner | Talk 06:20, 19 Mar 2004 (UTC)


Whats with the "other" catagory? Bensaccount 04:39, 30 Mar 2004 (UTC)

When I started working on this page it was a random mish-mash of mammals ranging from common names for orders (Bat) to species (Lion), in alphabetical order. I decided that a list of all living and recently extinct mammals in taxonomic order would be good thing for wikipedia and that it should be in this article. Rather than delete the previous list, I started on one order, Carnivora, and listed every species in it, lifting those species which were already listed out of the list. (If you look in the history, for a long while there was a category of "Other Carnivores".) My plan was to work my way through all of the orders lifting the animals out of the original list as came to its order. The portion of the list I hadn't gotten to was relegated to the "Other Mammals" category. It would eventually go away. I have decided, however, to sort the remainder by Order and do away with the "Other" category. It may take a few days to do this.Dsmdgold 04:51, 30 Mar 2004 (UTC)
I'm done with that - "Other" is gone.


So what's the goal or completion agenda for this article? Have a list of every species? List some species, some genera? Lump some genera into families, list some species? It seems to be a mish-mash of stuff. I could quickly (5-10 minutes) have every Primate species included. And then also the Cetaceans. (Primates and Cetaceans have WikiProjects.) Would that be good or bad? What would be helpful to building this article? - UtherSRG 16:15, 30 Mar 2004 (UTC)

This list IS a mish-mash of stuff. That's how I found it. My goal is to list all of the recent mammalian species, in taxonomical order. I also want to be fairly consistent on the taxonomic system I am using. For the taxonomy I am following that of the International Taxonomic Information System ( However, since the ITIS lists all of its taxons in alphabetical, rather than taxonomic order, I am using Walker's Mammals of the World ( for the taxonomical order. Not the best system, but these are well-respected sources, that are available on the web. Adding in Primates and Cetaceans would be usefull. (adding in Rodents would be good too.) Eventually this article will have to be split into multiple articles, as there are 4000 some odd recent species. Dsmdgold 05:42, 31 Mar 2004 (UTC)
Ah ha! You've fallen into my trap of logic! *grins* If we add all the species, we'll then later spit up the list. The species would be added from the existing already split up pages, such as those linked off of Primates. So what's the point to this list? Mammal already points to all the different mammalian orders. Each of those pages links down to family and genus pages which list all their relavant species. Why collect them all here, especially if we'd then split up this page into several pages? I think a better effort would be to complete the existing order and family pages so that they are as informative as possible. - UtherSRG 13:40, 31 Mar 2004 (UTC)
Yeah, but I don't want to do that. I want to do this. This article existed. It sucked. I am improving it. When I get done doing that, I will move on to something else. Perhaps you will approve of that project. Dsmdgold 03:37, 1 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Why only living species? I think there's a crying need for a complete list of extinct mammals (one of the best things of my site, I think ;-)). Ucucha See Mammal Taxonomy ( 14:57, 8 May 2005 (UTC)

I guess the primary reason that I have only been listing recent species is that that is what my sources do. We do have species listed that have gone extinct in historic times (e.g. Falkland Island fox), but not species and other taxons that existed in the far past. I agree that it would be a good thing for wikipedia to have a listing of extinct mammals, including those who went extinct pre-historically, although I'm not sure that this would be the best place for that listing. We do have List of extinct mammals which need a great deal of work. Dsmdgold 16:11, May 8, 2005 (UTC)

Department of Redundancy Department

Is it really necessary to have both the common name and the scientific name set up as links on the same page? Since both names refer to exactly the same animal, won't one of them end up as a redirect to the other anyway? (See pink fairy armadillo, for example.) A. J. A. DeWitt 00:40, 5 May 2004 (UTC)

In the long run, it probally is not necessary to have both names be links. When I started revamping this page, I didn't have both as links. I started putting in links for the scientific name, when I realized that there were articles for some of the animals in question using different common names than the one my sources used. I thought that the existance of a re-direct link from the scientifc name would clue me in to a different common name, after all, no one would create an article on an animal and not create the redirect, right? It hasn't worked out that way. It turns out that the link from the scientific name usually tells me that we are missing the redirect. I suppose that once article and redirects exist for all of the species, it would be best to get rid of the redunant links. Until then I, at least find them usufull. Dsmdgold 05:53, 5 May 2004 (UTC)
It is quite handy to make sure that both the common name as well as the taxonomic name have a link - the taxonomic one of course the redirect to the common name. andy 17:50, 14 Nov 2004 (UTC)


I'll try to make the Rodentia section (try to do it more-or-less) mechanically from my lists. Ucucha 14:45, 10 Apr 2005 (UTC)

It's impossible. Ucucha 15:44, 10 Apr 2005 (UTC)

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