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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Invertebrate Collection - marine records

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Mar 4, 2019 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) (Tasmanian Department of State Growth) is the state institution responsible for the development, maintenance and management of the zoological collections of Tasmania. The collections are the largest for Tasmanian fauna in the world, and represent a wide array of Tasmanian animals, ranging from shells of the tiniest micro-molluscs to giant squid and the skeletons of large whales. These specimens represent more than 150 years of museum acquisitions, consistent with TMAG’s origins in the Royal Society of Tasmania and its emphasis on developing collections that can serve both to illustrate Tasmania’s natural history and to advance knowledge in this area. The animals in the collections are derived from individual and institutional donations, as well as from the Zoology Unit’s own collecting trips and systematic surveys from around Tasmania, for instance through participation in Bush Blitz. They include many specimens of great scientific and historical importance, including a large number of type-specimens. The earliest of these date from the mid-19th century, with continued additions as further new Tasmanian species are described. The collections are housed in dedicated buildings at the museum’s Collections and Research facility at Rosny, near Hobart. These comprise climate-controlled spirit and dry storage areas, freezers for tissue storage, laboratories and preparation rooms. Currently, the wet and dry collections together comprise almost 300,000 specimens. In the invertebrate collections, beetles and marine molluscs are particularly well represented. The collections are not normally open to the public, but can be accessed by appointment. A growing proportion of the specimens in the collection is now digitised and can be accessed online: TMAG is one of the founding partners of the Atlas of Living Australia, and contributes data to it via the Online Zoological Collections of Australian Museums (OZCAM), an initiative of the Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections (CHAFC). Using material from the collections, Zoology Unit staff contribute to the design and content of exhibits throughout the museum. Staff are also available to answer zoological enquiries from the public. Many of Tasmania’s most enquired-about animals are also featured on TMAG’s Field Guide to Tasmanian Fauna App. Staff publish collections-based research findings in a range of peer-reviewed publications. TMAG's Invertebrate Zoology collection of about 270,000 specimens represents the diversity of the state's fauna, including important type specimens. The collection was established in 1850s and continues to the present.

This dataset is of marine species sourced from the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) January 2019 ( Taxa have been matched to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and if not then matched to the Australian Faunal Directory (AFD)

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 43,853 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 43,853 records in English (4 MB) - Update frequency: not planned
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Metadata as an RTF file download in English (8 KB)


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The publisher and rights holder of this work is CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

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Occurrence; Specimen


Who created the resource:

Catherine Byrne
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 5 Winkleigh Place 7018 Rosny Park Tasmania AU (03) 6165 6925

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Catherine Byrne
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 5 Winkleigh Place 7018 Rosny Park Tasmania AU (03) 6165 6925

Who filled in the metadata:

Catherine Byrne
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 5 Winkleigh Place 7018 Rosny Park Tasmania AU (03) 6165 6925

Who else was associated with the resource:

Dave Watts
OBIS Australia Node Manager
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere GPO Box 1538 7001 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 3 6232 5062

Geographic Coverage

All Australian waters and some records from elsewhere

Bounding Coordinates South West [-68, -145.613], North East [57, 177]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1857-01-01 / 2018-05-29

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers