Currently, the species tab always displays at the lowest possible taxon. I think the ability to sort this to higher taxa should be added. What if I want to see how many observations I have in each family? Currently, iNaturalist has no built in way to do that.
As an example, say I’ve got If I’ve got one observation of Icteridae, 2 observations of Quiscalus, 3 observations of Icterus, and 6 observations each of Common Grackle, Brown-Headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, and Baltimore Oriole. Currently, the species tab would tell me that I have 6 of each species, ignoring the obsevations at genus and family. However, if I set the high and low rank to “family”, it will tell me that I have 1 observation if Icteridae, ignoring the observations at genus and species.
My proposed feature would present all obserations as the sorted taxon level. If I were to sort by genus, I would have 8 observations of Quiscalus, 15 of Icterus, and 6 of Molothrus. If I sorted by family, I would have 30 observations of Icteridae.
I would also like it so that we can display how many species we’ve seen within a higher taxon. If we had it set to “sort by family, display observations”, we would have 30 observations of Icteridae. If we had it set to “sort by family, display species”, it would display 4 species of Icteridae. This could also possibly work for any taxon level, so we could sort by family and display genus to get 3 genera of Icteridae.
I think this would be a unique and useful way to view observations.