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Museums Victoria Ornithology Collection - Marine records

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Aug 8, 2017 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

The Ornithology Collection contains more than 70 000 specimens of mounted birds, skins, skeletons, eggs and specimens preserved in alcohol.

One of the largest Australian avian collections, primarily of Australian species and with a strong Victorian emphasis, it includes material from a broad spectrum of the world’s avifauna and represents in excess of 4000 species. Many are of great historical significance, especially those purchased from John Gould in the mid-19th century.

One of the largest collections in Australia, it includes material from early explorative trips through central and northern Australia. There are also representatives of many birds now long extinct. The collection contains valuable type specimens.

This subset of marine birds was downloaded from Atlas of Living Australia on Sun Apr 23 23:11:05 UTC 2017. The taxa havebeen matched to the World Register of Marine Species.

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 6,347 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 6,347 records in English (219 KB) - Update frequency: not planned
Metadata as an EML file download in English (6 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Roberts K (2017): Museums Victoria Ornithology Collection - Marine records. v1.0. 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:

Karen Roberts
Collection Manager, Vertebrates
Museums Victoria 11 Nicholson Street Melbourne Victoria

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Karen Roberts
Collection Manager, Vertebrates
Museums Victoria 11 Nicholson Street Melbourne Victoria

Who filled in the metadata:

Dave Watts
OBIS Australia Data manager
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Castray Esplande Hobart Tasmania AU +61 3 6232 5062

Who else was associated with the resource:

Dave Watts

Geographic Coverage

Waters around Australia, and other specimen from around the world, in particular from Southern Ocean and North America

Bounding Coordinates South West [-77.85, -169.52], North East [62.1, 179.05]

Taxonomic Coverage


Class  Aves

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1853-02-13 / 2015-10-19

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers