Wikipedia:How to read a taxobox
Refer to the figure on the right, which shows the taxobox from the article Colorado potato beetle.
- Common Name
The common English name for it, if any, or else the scientific name.
- Conservation Status
For many things, this line how likely it is that species will not go extinct. The Colorado potato beetle is "Secure": there is no threat extinction.
A picture of a typical individual.
- Scientific Classification
The center section of the taxobox shows the currently accepted scientific classification of the organism or group of organisms
- "Ranks" of the Taxa
On the left are the "ranks" of the taxa that are named on the right. The one on top is the most general grouping (Animal, Plant, Bacteria, or virus for example) and each line below it defines the species more precisely.
- Binomial Name
The binomial name or "binomen" is the scientific name for a species. This name is used so that no two organisms have the same name. Binomial names are commonly written in Latin.
- Naming Authority
The person who first named the organism and the year it was done.
- Species Abbreviated Form
The species appears again in abbreviated or shortened form.
The genus Leptinotarsa contains more than 30 kinds of beetle.
Chrysomelidae is the family of leaf beetles. This family contains more than 35,000 kinds of plant-eating beetles.
Coleoptera is the order of beetles, containing more than 350,000 described species. Beetles have a pair of hard shells which cover their true wings.
Insecta is the class of insects, containing more than 800,000 described species. Insects have three segments (a head, a thorax, and an abdomen) and six legs.
Arthropoda is the phylum of arthropods, which have a segmented body, jointed legs and a hard exoskeleton.
Animalia is the kingdom of animals, which are multicellular, generally capable of locomotion and responsive to their environment.