Unnecessary/unwanted common names prioritized in Explore

When I do a search or Explore to look at moths in the Geometrid genus “Pero”, the first listed taxon is always “Domestic Dog (Pero)”. Apparently, looking at the species page for the latter species, “Pero” is only used in the Maori language and is listed as a second common name at that. With all respect to the Maori, this is not a necessary nor desired outcome for my search.

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Q: Why is “Domestic Dog (Pero)”, which includes the secondary Maori word as a parenthetical name, showing up as the first choice in my Explore results? Is there some way to avoid this?


I believe that this is related to some previous discussions and an open Feature Request (full disclosure, it’s one of mine):

There may be other threads about this. If this is the same issue, we can merge, etc.

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I believe that the in this case the taxon with the most observations goes to the top of the list of all the taxa which match (or partially match) the name typed.

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Yep, my question/complaint appears to be analogous to that of @silversea_starsong in the above post. Please merge if desired.

If this is the case, then it really is an annoying bug, especially for widespread species with a long list of common names in dozens of languages. IMHO, the search results should be either hard-wired to the language of choice of the user (or perhaps including a 2nd language of choice, como español para mí) or, at a minimum, ignore 2nd, 3rd, etc., names in non-selected languages.


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