My writing assignment is a group paper which consisted of my group picking a spe


My writing assignment is a group paper which consisted of my group picking a specific animal and making a final paper about it. My group is doing our paper on an animal called a Quokka. For my section of the paper, I have to find information on the general characteristics of the Quokka and DIagnostics but all the papers that I’ve found were too specific and didn’t have any general characteristics that I could find. I’d ask for 2-3 pages, not including a reference page, and I ask for 3-5 sources and that all of the sources are peer-reviewed articles or journals. I also need in-text citations. Below I will give an example of what I’m asked to find straight from the instruction sheet.
Diagnosis: This section should provide readers only with information
necessary to distinguish the species being discussed from similar or
closely related taxa. Characters that singly or collectively distinguish the
taxon from other taxa should be presented in a comparative manner.
Comparisons should be quantitative and meaningful alone (e.g., “length of
maxillary toothrow at alveolar rim > 15 mm”) rather than comparative
(e.g., “teeth larger”). Generic or familial characters should not be included
in a species diagnosis, except when the genus is monotypic and
comparisons are being made between genera.
General Characters: This section contains characters not strictly
diagnostic. A general description in objective and quantitative terms
should be included here. Information on color, external (length of head
and body, length of tail, length of hind foot, length of ear) and cranial
measurements (Fig. 2 of skull images is typically first referenced in this
section), and sexual and age differences should be included, and can be
presented in a table. Report appropriate standard measurements for that
taxon. When presenting quantitative data, do not use contrived acronyms.
Use simple English and minimize jargon. Accounts are intended to be read by non-professionals as well as professionals in the field.
To avoid ambiguous statements, do not use sequential modifiers, that is, more than two modifiers for the same noun.
The name of the mammal, not the authors of research papers, should be the subject of sentences when possible.
Italicize only scientific names, statistical parameters (n, SD, SE), and foreign words; do not use bold or underlining.
Abbreviate the genus name except on first usage within a section or subsection and at the start of a paragraph or sentence.
Use the metric system throughout, except in type localities and elevation in synonymies in which English units were used in the original. When converting to metric units, round the converted figures to an appropriate degree of precision (i.e., a nest diameter of 10–12 inches converts to 25–30 cm, not 25.4–30.48 cm, but 3 1/32 inch would equal 7.7 mm).


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