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South Australian Museum Mammology Collection - marine records

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Aug 9, 2017 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

There are over 24,000 specimens in this collection, including skulls, skins, skeletons, spirit specimens, photographs and frozen tissue. It includes over 1600 marine mammals and its comprehensiveness makes this collection the best of its kind in Australia.

The collection has also historical importance as it includes many specimens from early expeditions in Australia and to the subantarctic Islands and Antarctica. Well-known people such as Sir Douglas Mawson, Edgar R. Waite and Hedley Finlayson have contributed to the collection.

Data downloaded from ALA ( and non-marine records have been excluded. Taxa have been 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 7,613 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 7,613 records in English (305 KB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (6 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (6 KB)


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


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:

David Stemmer
Collections Manager, Mammology
South Australian Museum North Terrace 5000 Adelaide South Australia AU +61 8 8207 7531

Who can answer questions about the resource:

David Stemmer
Collections Manager, Mammology
South Australian Museum North Terrace 5000 Adelaide South Australia AU +61 8 8207 7531

Who filled in the metadata:

Dave Watts
OBIS Australia Data manager
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere PO Box 1538 7001 Hobart Tasmania +61 6232 5062

Who else was associated with the resource:

Dave Watts

Geographic Coverage

South coast of Australia and scattered records from elsewhere

Bounding Coordinates South West [-89, -175], North East [60, 178]

Taxonomic Coverage

Marine mammals from Carnivora, Cetacea and Sirenia

Class  Mammalia

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1887-09-13 / 2014-11-10

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers