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Museums Victoria Ichthyology Collection

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Jan 11, 2019 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

The Ichthyology Collection is one of the oldest and most significant fish collections in Australia, representing 150 years of acquisition from a wide variety of sources and comprising some 36,000 lots and 350,000 specimens.

It includes fishes (sharks, rays, chimaeroids, jawless and bony fishes) as well as representatives of the lancelets (primitive chordates belonging to the subphylum Cephalochordata). The collection also contains the world’s most comprehensive representation of fishes from marine, estuarine and freshwater environments of south-eastern and southern Australian waters, as well as a broad spectrum of the world’s fish fauna.

The majority of the collection is comprised of specimens in 70% alcohol, with subcollections of ethanol-fixed and frozen tissues, a larval fish collection, a dry and skeletal collection, an X-ray and photographic collection.

The collection is used for research and exhibition purposes, with the research component having increased significantly with the growth of the tissue collection.

Data sourced from ALA (

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 42,525 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 42,525 records in English (2 MB) - Update frequency: not planned
Metadata as an EML file download in English (7 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)


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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Bray D (2017): Museums Victoria Ichthyology Collection. v1.1. CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Dataset/Occurrence.


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


Who created the resource:

Di Bray
Collection Manager
Museums Victoria 11 Nicholson Street Melbourne Victoria AU

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Di Bray
Collection Manager
Museums Victoria 11 Nicholson Street Melbourne Victoria AU

Who filled in the metadata:

Dave Watts
OBISAU Node Manager
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Castray Esplande Hobart Tasmania AU

Who else was associated with the resource:

Dave Watts

Geographic Coverage

Australian waters and Pacific Ocean

Bounding Coordinates South West [-77, -179.2], North East [63, 179.9]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class  Actinopterygii,  Elasmobranchii

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1842-02-17 / 2015-12-31

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers