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Collaboration of the Fortnight: Great white shark

General things

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The projectEdit

This WikiProject is about Sharks. The aim of the project is to write a good article of every known shark species out there (all 368 or however many there are :-)), as well as to write articles about shark-specific topics such as biology, etc. (including fiction) articles. Since there are so many sharks and so little is known about most of them, the project will focus on writing good consistent articles for the most common sharks first, and then branch out into articles on lesser-known species. This project would also be a good place to collaborate on other general articles having to do with sharks (scale types, orthodontia, symbiosis, Shark attack, shark POD, etc.)...



Note that some of the listings here may not need much work - one could regard the lack of standard headings as for making a more "personal" and less boilerplatish article

  • make project page and define goals and priorities
  • make distribution maps! FishBase have distribution map, can get direct link in fishbase names as aquamap for some species, there are a few other places that have also, search in google, trouble is that they are not very consistent :-(
  • Do pages of all families, many done, but still many missing.
  • Fix pages where we have same name on family and a species in that family and now redirects back and forth, make sure we have independent articles for each species and family. (example nurse shark nurse sharks which used to be redirects to each other.
  • Reference articles, most have no references at all in the text.
  • De-redlink pages where there is never (never say never) going to be a page for the species e.g. wobbegong

Articles to be merged

Article statusesEdit


Leave any requests you have or have found elsewhere here.

Shark teeth

Shark Tooth Collecting

Gordon Hubbell

Shark Behavior

Shark Mythology

List of fatal shark attacks, worldwide


These articles are very short and may only include a sentence or two. Have a look at Category:Shark stubs for others.


These articles are not listed as stubs but are only just about long enough to escape being so. Any help expanding these would be appreciated.


These articles may have enough text but are poorly formatted and may have spelling mistakes.

Patrol for vandalismEdit

Have a look at the recent changes for the watchlist (pages from Category:Sharks and Category:WikiProject Sharks)


Check items needing attention for some problems with articles and possible additions.


  The current Sharks Collaboration of the fortnight is
"Great white shark".

To nominate or vote for an article visit the collaboration page.

The Sharks Collaboration of the Fortnight is a collaborative effort to improve shark-related articles, in order to help them reach featured-article standards. Anyone, no matter what their level of knowledge about sharks, is welcome to lend a hand. Each fortnight, an article is chosen by people interested in the topic, and for the next fortnight the chosen article is worked on, under Wikipedia's principle of collaborative editing. This provides a single article for people to concentrate their efforts on collaboratively.

Article assessmentEdit

Article assessment is the process by which shark related articles are sorted into different qualities. Assessment is done through the assessment page.

Article structureEdit

Starting a new articleEdit

Most of the new articles that need to be made are for species. Article titles should be determined using the guidelines at WP:FISH (naming guidelines). If you are unsure which name to use, you can discuss it with other members in the discussion section.

What might be included in a shark articleEdit

This is a template shark article with the headers and format of article. Please use and try to reformat the current article so that they look the same, if there are additional headers please add them where appropriate.


Images in JPG or PNG format are very welcome, although the latter format is not as good for photographs. For public domain resources try the American National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration, particularly the National Marine Fisheries Historic Image Collection. (this is for whales/dolphins, must check if they have shark pictures or find good source)

See the commons category for images: Selachimorpha.


The top level category for shark articles is Category:Sharks but within this are several other categories that might be more relevant to the article. Listing species under the Order name and Family name as well as Category:Sharks would be best as then it can be found easily.

These are just some of the categories currently in existence, if another category fits the article better you could always make it.

Some other categories (outside Category:Sharks) that may be relevant are:


Talk page templateEdit

This template is for adding to the top of talk pages to inform people of the Project. It also serves as an information box communicating to users what the articles status is within the project. For information on using the advanced features see the template disccussion page.

WikiProject Sharks (Rated Project-class)
This page is within the scope of WikiProject Sharks, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of sharks on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
  Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.

Use: {{WikiProject Sharks}}

Shark stub templateEdit

Articles that are very short and are classed as a stub should have this template added to the bottom of the page. This also adds the page to Category:Shark stubs.

Use: {{Shark-stub}}


This template updates to the current Collaboration of the Fortnight.

  The current Sharks Collaboration of the fortnight is
"Great white shark".

To nominate or vote for an article visit the collaboration page.
Use: {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Sharks/Collaboration/SharksCOTF}}

To doEdit

The to do list can be put on any page to keep a track of what needs doing.

Here are some tasks you can do, as organized by the Sharks Wikiproject, if you are interested sign up on the project page:

Use: {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Sharks/Things you can do}}

Portal templateEdit

Use this template on every article page related to the project. This provides a link to the portal and can be placed underneath the taxobox or in the 'See also' section. On some pages one is already there but can be replaced by this one.

Use: {{Portal|Sharks}}


You can add this userbox to your userspace to tell everyone your interest.

This user is a member of WikiProject Sharks.

Use: {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Sharks/Userbox}}


First list of most 'important' sharks to write good non stub articles about, all these articles have all the basic facts that we want to have (except mostly range maps) BUT they lack a lot of meat (compare oceanic whitetip shark and tiger shark with these articles and try to update them to be as good, use the references links below if you need info and search on google or read in all your good books at home.

Organised list of relevant shark articlesEdit

Shark · Outline of sharks

Shark orders
Carcharhiniformes (groundsharks) · Cladoselachiformes (extinct) · Eugeneodontida (extinct) · Heterodontiformes (bullhead sharks) · Hexanchiformes (most primitive sharks) · Hybodontiformes (extinct) · Iniopterygia (extinct) · Lamniformes (mackerel sharks) · Orectolobiformes (carpet sharks and relatives) · Pristiophoriformes (sawsharks and relatives) · Squaliformes (gulper sharks, bramble sharks, lantern sharks, rough sharks, sleeper sharks, dogfish sharks and relatives) · Squatiniformes (angel sharks) · Symmoriida (extinct) · Xenacanthida (also known as Xenacantiformes, extinct)

Major species
Basking shark · Blue shark · Bull shark · Great hammerhead · Great white shark · Grey reef shark · Hammerhead shark · Megalodon · Megamouth shark · Nurse shark · Oceanic whitetip shark · Requiem shark · Scalloped hammerhead · Shortfin mako shark · Swellshark · Thresher shark · Tiger shark · Whale shark

Shark biology
Ampullae of Lorenzini · Mermaid's purses · Physical characteristics of sharks · Shark teeth · Shark threat display

Shark-human interaction
Attack (drum lines, International Shark Attack File, Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, list of fatal, unprovoked shark attacks in the United States, shark net, shark proof cage, shark suit, Summer of the Shark· Captivity (shark tunnel· Conservation (grey nurse shark conservation, Shark Alliance, Shark Conservation Act, Shark Trust· Fishing (International Land-Based Shark Fishing Association, land-based shark fishing· Products (shark cartilage, shark finning, shark fin soup, shark liver oil)


List of good sources for info to be used when writing articles:


Add your name to the list if you're interested:

  1. Hort4life1222 I am a Great White Shark that is friendly and enjoys researching about them
  2. John Troodon Prehistoric
  3. Stefan Trying to start this project, but have very little time sometimes ... let's see how it goes.
  4. Tomer Some random guy who showed up and started editing the Project page, and would like to see this project get off the ground sooner rather than later. Tomertalk 04:52, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
  5. Yomangani - I'll do what I can:sometimes I have a lot of time,sometimes no time at all
  6. Oniongirl - I'll do more work on this once I get back from studying bull semen in Texas
  7. Chris_huh - I have recently added some maps and new diagrams as well as trying to update the shark page
  8. HappyVR 19:08, 26 June 2006 (UTC) - busy with catfish and poeciliidae at the moment. Just hanging around.
  9. User:TeaDrinker - Is this where I put a quasi-joking apology for not contributing as much as I should?
  10. User:SiobhanHansa - Not sure what I'd be confessing to. I got a response from User:Stefan on the Great white shark page, and felt I ought to start getting more involved. I'm a total amateur on sharks. I'm fascinated by whites because I watched jaws when far too young, and now I'm terrified of them, even in the swimming pool :-) It's a bit pathetic, but gives my friends something to laugh at. Even so, I'm a good researcher, and happy to do the rote work. I have several books on Great whites, subscribe to Nature and New Scientist, and have access to the New York Public Library. So let me know how to help out and I'd be happy to give it my best. --Siobhan Hansa 02:21, 23 September 2006 (UTC)
  11. Hokeman - Have worked with Yomangani and Stefan on Tiger shark and Oceanic whitetip shark. I am ready to focus on sharks again. (Had been mainly doing golfer bio's lately.) Start out with proof-reading Whale shark, Basking shark; improving Bull shark; expanding Galapagos shark.--Hokeman 21:19, 25 September 2006 (UTC)
  12. User:GrahamBould - I churn out short fish articles. Have finished the shark articles & going back & fleshing them out, no joke intended. Diving/fishing for best part of 50 years now. GrahamBould 14:41, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  13. Paulpro
  14. Shark girl I don't know too much about sharks, but I want to learn more. This is a great project, and I'd like to help out.
  15. IzzyVanHalen Daaa-dum...daaa-dum...da-dum da-dum da-dum da-dum...
  16. Leonard Compagno - I focus mostly on systematics, morphology, evolution, zoogeography and general biology of cartilaginous fishes. The Shark Wiki is excellent and should be supported.
  17. User:Spotty11222 I have created the Shark teeth page and I am currently working to expand Lemon sharks and other stub articles.
  18. Stephoswalk
  19. Paleodude
  20. Al Brenneka I am a Lemon Shark Attack Survivor and deal with the effects of shark attacks on the humans attacked/bitten by sharks.
  21. LeGenD - I know a lot about sharks and have made useful contributions in many shark articles. Through my efforts, at-least one shark article have reached GA Status and I will continue to make more contributions with passage of time.
  22. Philbuck222 - I have a passion and will find good sources to cite my edits
  23. pterantula - shark diver & photographer, providing Wiki article pics for white shark & bull shark (formerly tiger shark as well) (I won't be providing more just yet however, as I intend to commercialize my photos); can provide some behavioral feedback on certain species.
  24. AUburnTiger (talk) 18:31, 23 January 2009 (UTC) Fascinated about sharks and want help here.
  25. Giants27 (talk · contribs) Will help when I can.
  26. J Milburn (talk · contribs) Working on the sharks portal, hope to raise it to featured status.
  27. Domestic Cat (talk · contribs) I am in support of this WikiProject.-- Domestic CAT 21:47, 4 January 2010 (UTC)
  28. Knight of Gloucestershire - I like sharks. They are fascinating and it's lovely to study about them init?
  29. '| () () `'/ I> (talk) 02:09, 21 May 2011 (UTC) — This wikiproject is intresting, since I believe that I belove sharks. There are a few facts that tape into me: I have Jaws (film) on DVD, I own a toy shark, my brother is a swimmer, and that's all.
  30. User:Cowdy001 - I am a recreational scuba diver; I recently updated the Protective Oceanic Device article to reflect research by a South Australian Government agency. Will help when I can.
  31. Douts (talk · contribs) Passionate about all marine life. BSc Marine Biology
  32. Ensignricky Contribute to fish related articles, have an interest in sharks
  33. User:Hethokrilliondata

Other WikiProjectsEdit


The Sharks Portal is the portal associated and linked to this project.

Things to be standardizedEdit

  • Format/layout of article, oceanic whitetip shark is probably the best shark article right now, that is the standard that we want all articles to follow.
  • Article names, shark article names when common name is used should be sentence case - all with lower case letters unless it starts a sentence or phrase, or is a proper noun ie name of country, see Project Fishes naming articles


See alsoEdit


Main tool page: toolserver.org
  • Reflinks - Edits bare references - adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Checklinks - Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver - Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer - Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.

External watchlistEdit