Subgenus, section, and subsection not distinguished from genus on mobile taxon search

Appears that Amanita is a category twice - once labeled “Amanita mushrooms” (the older genus category containing most observations) and once just Amanita (appears recent).

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It’s not a duplicate or a bug. Someone has been organizing the members of the genus Amanita into lower levels of taxonomy, in this case sections. One of those sections, as is common in cases like this shares the same name, thus you have Amanita the genus, and Amanita the section under Amanita the genus.


Once I got the hang of it, the section aspect has been very handy! Related

Amanita and Mycena both need this, I am glad to see that someone has been working on this.

Ah, thank you! Is there a way to distinguish between these when it’s in the dropdown from the suggestions?

I don’t know what tool you use for entry. On the web app if you enter Amanita as an example the 2nd line of the box describes the level.

On the Android app, at a minimum if it is a genus it also shows on the 2nd line, although the section is not indicated.

Don’t know what the iOS does

Ahh it appears iOS does not distinguish, which is what I use, explaining my confusion. Attached images to show how there is no way of distinguishing the categories on iOS (esp since the text imports from Wikipedia the same); perhaps as more genera are subcategorised it would be prudent to visually distinguish them from genus.


@jilliankern for what it’s worth, here’s what it looks like in Android:

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I think it would help (at least me) to see them labelled Genus Amanita and Amanita Section Amanita or something like that if it were an easy modification. Even the genus label from the Android screen would help with sorting in a hurry during upload, I think.


a publication came out in 2018 extending the Subgenus from having 2 to having 3, and Sections from having 7 to having 11 … the species are all the same.

And just to add some inception to your original comment, there is a Genus-Amanita>Subgenus-Amanita>Section-Amanita :)