I second Mavs concerns about forking, yet including
all of the
Wikispecies contents (as I understand it) into Wikipedia would be
stretching the rules as well. One possible (but not really beautiful)
way I could see is to put the source and database stuff into the
separate Wikispecies, but put the plain text stuff and basic in
Wikipedia - and of course closely link the two.
I was (and still am) supportive of the WikiSpecies project. You can't
expect to have a Wikipedia article about every species of caddisflies,
or about every ground-dwelling roundworm. As Andy pointed out, these
articles would remain stubs, as mostly no information but the mere
name would be available - plus some scientific stuff that is of no
interest for the general reader. Some of these data might be the
scientific name, its synonymes, the scientist first describing the
species (the taxonomic author).
However, I partially understand mav's concerns. Behaviour,
and stuff like that should remain in Wikipedia (and should not be
duplicated). The WikiSpecies project could have the above-mentioned
data, followed by a link "Read more about this species in English -
German - Polish - Japanese". So it would serve as an interlingual
species directory as well. But it should contain as few duplicate
information as possible.
Mirko Thiessen, aka Baldhur