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Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, Victoria, Australia (1900-2017) - marine records

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Jul 11, 2018 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning works in partnership with a range of agencies and stakeholders to protect and preserve Victoria’s native landscape through a range of biodiversity, wildlife and community programs. We manage threatened species conservation and recovery, biodiversity research, invasive species, and climate change adaptation strategies. - See more at:

The Victorian Biodiversity Atlas (VBA) is the web-based information system designed to manage information about native and naturalised species occurring in Victoria. The system includes species attribute information, including origin and conservation status, along with more than six million records of species distribution and abundance. All the published records have been through the verification process of the VBA which includes review by a panel of Victorian experts. The VBA includes the data submitted to DELWP from external sources as well as the Department’s own data collections from systematic surveys and general observations. For further information and access to the VBA please go to the DELWP website

The VBA taxa has been validated using the World Register of Marine Species ( and has been included in this dataset if it's habitat is marine. The field scientificnameId contains the WoRMS identifier.

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 332,536 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 332,536 records in English (6 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)


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

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

In any reproduction, distribution or publication of the data, or in any use or adaptation of the data to create derivative works, the user must include a citation which attributes the source of the data and the date the data was published, as follows: Data Source: 'Victorian Biodiversity Atlas', © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (published [month, year]). Additional details are at


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; Observation


Who created the resource:

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Who filled in the metadata:

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

Victorian coasts, Australia

Bounding Coordinates South West [-41.7, 139.3], North East [-33.5, 151.3]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1770-01-01 / 2016-03-16

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers