You can filter observations according to taxonomy in two different ways:
1) Writing a name or partial name and selecting a suggested taxon. This will give you observations of that taxon, also those recorded with a synonym. You can give any name recognized by FinBIF (scientific, Finnish, English, synonym or other name.) If you select a higher taxon, the search will give you all observations from lower taxa. (e.g. if you select a genus, you get all observations from that genus and species under it.)
2) Writing a name and pressing enter. This will give you observations which have been recorded using exactly that name (and not e.g. synonyms.) For a partial (wildcard) search, add asterisk to the name, e.g. Alpha*.
You can also give multiple names. In additional to a name, you can enter the identifier of a taxon (e.g. MA.1234).
Commonness & rarity refers specifically to Finland. Common Finnish taxa are abundant and widespread while being considered rare indicates there are few individuals found in limited regions.
Note that commonness and rarity has not been determined for all species. For insects specifically, commonness and rarity is based on so-called frequency points: common = 1-29, rare = 30-59, very rare = 60-100.
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