The MarineBio Search engine determines results based on what you enter as a search term or terms with results that contain your search term the most first. Usually those with matches in the page/post/species title show first and then those with your search term in the body text and then even tags. The results then become less and less relevant the further you page through results.
This can be confusing, especially for simple searches, where your expected result may not be first (or even on the first page of results) but rest assured the search engine is working properly.
For example, if you search for whales, you will get all blog posts, site pages and species with the term whales in titles and body text and then eventually even posts/pages with whales present in site tags.
The reason we did it this way is so you can find what you’re looking for (hopefully) PLUS see blog posts, site pages and even other species pages where your search term appears. This can be helpful because this can show you what your species might prey on or what species prey upon the species searched for. It can also make it easier to find relevant news (posts) and/or site pages where your search term is mentioned as well.
If you’re looking for a specific species, enter its Scientific name or most Common name for the quickest results. We have also added Species Group links at the top that return just species in those relevant Classes, Orders, and Families.
Note: on every species page, the taxonomy at the top and bottom will return species-only searches for each of the relevant taxa listed there for that species.
For example, Animalia Chordata Aves Sphenisciformes Spheniscidae Spheniscus is listed for African Penguins at /species/african-penguins/spheniscus-demersus/ and clicking on each will return species results for each of those taxonomic groups. Those species farther to the right are more closely related to African Penguins while those to the left are more distant relatives.
We hope that helps, please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.