The observation taxon is the ID that displays in all search results and at the top of the observation detail page. The community taxon is the smaller ID on the right side of only the observation detail page. It is the observation taxon that appears as the label throughout the website, not the community taxon. The observation taxon appears:
- In search results
- On maps
- On place checklists
- In exports (CSVs and to GBIF and other partners)
The community taxon is essentially hidden, only visible on the right side of an individual observation detail page. This causes various issues:
- An observation with only one ID at subspecies, variety, or species (and other ranks) can become research grade at that rank because it is the observation taxon that appears in the above places, not the community taxon.
- For users who opt out of community ID, their observations are “stuck” with their potentially inaccurate ID rather than allowing the community taxon to appear in search results.
It would be helpful to be able to sort and export observations based on the community taxon in addition to the observation taxon.