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Australian National Fish Collection

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Aug 17, 2018 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

The Australian National Fish Collection (formerly the I.S.R. Munro Ichthyological Collection) is a collection of some 148,000 vouchered fish specimens from more than 3,000 species, originally started by Dr. I.S.R. Munro of CSIRO Division of Fisheries in the 1940's and now housed at CSIRO Marine Research in Hobart. It holds information on taxonomic identity of specimens, and collection details. Materials come from community studies and findings, fishers, and expeditions and cruises on CSIRO survey and research vessels, notably Fairwind (Papua New Guinea region, 1948-1950), Stanley Fowler (tropical Australia, 1948-1950), Rama (Gulf of Carpentaria, 1963-1965), Courageous (1975-1979), Soela (1979-1989) and Southern Surveyor (1990 to present). While the largest part of the collection is from Australian waters, there are also collections from Papua New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Antarctic waters, south-east Asia, and Europe. As well as adult fishes, the collection also contains specimens of fish eggs and larvae, and otoliths. Also included is an extensive collection of associated photographs and x-rays.

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 40,637 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 40,637 records in English (1 MB) - Update frequency: as needed
Metadata as an EML file download in English (8 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)


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Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

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

GBIF Registration

This resource has not been registered with GBIF


Occurrence; Specimen

External data

The resource data is also available in other formats

ALA Collection UTF-8 DwCA


Who created the resource:

Alastair Graham
Fish Collection Manager
CSIRO GPO Box 1538 Hobart Tasmania AU

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Alastair Graham
Fish Collection Manager
CSIRO GPO Box 1538 Hobart Tasmania AU

Who filled in the metadata:

Alastair Graham
Fish Collection Manager
CSIRO GPO Box 1538 Hobart Tasmania AU

Who else was associated with the resource:

Dave Watts
OBIS Australia Node manager
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere PO Box 1538 7001 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 (3) 6232 5062

Geographic Coverage

Waters around Australia, extending to the Antarctic

Bounding Coordinates South West [-85, 75], North East [45, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class  Actinopterygii,  Chondrichthyes,  Elasmobranchii,  Leptocardii,  Mammalia,  Myxini,  Petromyzonti,  Sarcopterygii

Collection Data

Collection Name Australian National Fish Collection
Collection Identifier ANFC