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Need help? Hopefully one of the following will answer your question. (If not, maybe you can create an additional page?)

working on general listing of help pages that are needed for Antwiki:

contains a list of topics and pages that need to be created

Top level help page - general information about how Antwiki is set-up.
For new editors that have no wiki experience. Walks through adding text and a photo to user profile page. Also has short step-by-step to add text to a species page.
needs work - end of page, links to other help pages related to what a new user might want to find out
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Other things cut from other pages, and found below

General overview/introduction to Antwiki lower part of this page: Help:Contributions-Getting_Started

An Overview of Antwiki

The short and simple explanation

Species Pages

Antwiki is designed to build off of a solid foundation of a specific set of pages - a webpage for every species. There are other named pages too. Subfamilies, genera and more (e.g., synonyms). These name pages are already in place but need information and images added to them. We do ask that no new species pages be created. This will help with consistency of presentation across the site and also make Antwiki easier to use.

There is more detailed information about named pages here.

Regional Projects

A useful way to organize information about ants is through creating regional species lists. While this faunal list is of vital importance, there is much more to understanding the ants of a region. A regional project is a way to maintain a faunal list, with all the names linked to their respective species' pages, and include other information. The content created within the scope of a regional project will include aspects that are perhaps predictable (e.g., regional identification keys, or information about what keys exist and where to find them) and other areas that will only be limited by the imagination of our editors.

Other Projects

Antwiki allows editors to create as many new pages as they would like and these pages can be organized into projects other than a regional project. If you are working on a particular aspect or ant biology feel free to create a project that focuses on any topic. One example of a non-regional project is the Extinct Ant pages created by Gary Alpert.


Besides text based information, Antwiki provides an opportunity for macro-photographing myrmecologists to revolutionize how the rest of the world perceives ants. Automontage images have already been a tremendous advance for ant identification and for presenting the beauty and variability of ant forms to the general public. Yet automontage images are limited to representing dead ants mounted on points. From the pioneering photography of Carl Rettenmeyer to the modern work of Alex Wild and Piotr Naskrecki we know there is much more to see and present with beautiful ant photographs. Antwiki can host automontage images, macro-photographs of living ants, ant nests, habit shots, etc.

Antwiki serves as a repository for all kinds of ant photographs, diagrams, videos and other visual medium. These media can be useful in named pages, and on other pages too (for example ritualised fighting). These media can be usefully organized using [[ |categories]].

Boundaries and Limitations?


Antwiki is designed to be managed with as few rules as possible. This does not imply anarchy holds sway or that there are no rules at all. Here are a few basics you should be aware of:

Editing/contributing to Antwiki
Editors are professional myrmecologists.
Management assumes editors will be reasonable, responsible and civil. No myrmecologist needs to prove they will behave well to become an editor but if you behave badly there can be repercussions.
Most pages can be changed by any editor. This means your work can be changed by others and you will have to be comfortable with that if you contribute.
Sharing, Fair Use and Copyright
Uploaded files, included images, will maintain the copyright you assign to them.
Text based information on Antwiki will likely shared with other websites, e.g., [EOL]. You should assume any text you add is likely to be shared under a creative commons license (insert link here).
There is no explicit permission granted for anyone to use Antwiki content elsewhere, for any purpose, unless that information or media is explicitly marked with an appropriate permission/copyright.
Named Pages
Management assumes responsibility for maintaining a taxonomically correct and up-to-date set of named pages (with our thanks to Barry Bolton for all his ant catalogue efforts).
Editors should not create new named pages.


This website is not specimen based nor is it designed to be run off of a database model. Depending on your particular perspective you may find this to be: wonderful or chilling, freeing or scary, etc. There are pluses and minuses for the approach we take here just as there are pluses and minuses to having a database driven site (e.g., [|Ants Down Under]. The big advantages to our approach includes the ability for the community of editors to create what they want and the overhead for managing the site is less resource intensive.

The kind of ant information and ant centric pages that can be created here are limited by what any of our editors want to create.

General overview/introduction to Antwiki

Species Pages

We believe Antwiki species pages will be most useful if information is consistently presented across all the named pages. For this reason we strongly encourage the use of a suggested set of subheadings (shown here Species Page Headings). There is another page that provides a brief explanation of the type of information that fits under each heading (found here Species Page Headings Explained. You can see how this is put into practice on these exemplary species pages xxx, xxx and xxx.

Many species pages are Stubs. This means they contain a minimal amount of content and some text that encourages editor contributions. If you add a significant amount of information to a species page or, in cases where not much is known except for the taxonomic work and you have added all of this information, please remove or appropriately change these hints and suggestions, as explained [[ |here]]

Go to the Named Pages section to learn about why we discourage the creation of new species pages.

Genus Pages

There are 300 valid, extant genera and each generic name has its own page. Adding text or photos to a page is easy if you are familiar with wiki software or, if you have never contributed to a wiki, will not take much effort to learn the basic means of editing (=contributing) to a page. For a quick overview of how to edit a page, visit Simple Editing Basics.

We believe Antwiki species pages will be most useful if information is consistently presented across all the named pages. For this reason we strongly encourage the use of a suggested set of subheadings (shown here Genus Page Headings). You can also take a look at these exemplary genus pages xxx, xxx and xxx.

Go to the Named Pages section to learn about why we discourage the creation of new genus pages.

Regional Lists

Gary Alpert has created a list of species for every country (the country list is based on the UN list of recognized countries). In many cases these lists are preliminary, at best. We encourage anyone that has specialized knowledge of the ant fauna for a country to edit the relevant country list to reflect our best understanding of what species occur there.

Lists and other regional project pages can also be created and are only limited by our editors interests (see the next section, Other Pages, to see how to create new pages). Divisions within countries, collections of countries or really any set of species can be created.

Creating New Pages

You are free to create new pages about any subject related to ants and their biology, with one caveat. We do not encourage the creation of new named (genus, species, etc.) pages, as discussed here.. Creating new pages is easy, as explained here Make a New Page.

Named (Species, Genera, Etc.) Pages

A named page exists for all valid ant names. These names are based on Barry Bolton's Catalogue, which is kept up to date in unpublished documents that are Barry graciously shares with us. Antwiki management policy provides for the administrators to keep these pages current to reflect newly published taxonomic work. Antwiki is also committed to maintaining a single page for each name across the various relevant Formicidae ranks (species, genus, etc.), with some special exceptions. From this management policy Antwiki discourages the creation of additional named pages.

Our intention in creating this policy reflects a number of considerations. It is easier to find relevant information about a particular species (or other rank specific name) if that information is found on one page. The named species pages also serve as an important foundation for Antwiki. Other pages can be created about any other topic related to ants but many of these will include links to named pages. By having a single named page there is no confusion about what page to link too and no need to have to search for the true canonical page for a name.

One of the most common reason someone might want to initially create a new page for a species is to add information related to a regional species-list or regional project. If you would like to add name specific information for a particular region this can be done by adding a subheading under the biology section, as shown here and here.