NMSA: Arthropod Collections (1900-2012)

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Publication date:
22 November 2017
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The Arthropoda collection is an outstanding resource in terms of biodiversity conservation, biosystematics perspective, economic importance and medical and veterinary research.Approximately 35000 data records of individual specimens.

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 35,517 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.


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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Muller B (2016): NMSA: Arthropod Collections (1900-2012). v1.1. South African National Biodiversity Institute. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=nmsa&v=1.1


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The publisher and rights holder of this work is South African National Biodiversity Institute. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: aa4916c3-3dc7-4c90-9f8e-b81d986df153.  South African National Biodiversity Institute publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by South African Biodiversity Information Facility.


Occurrence; Specimen


Burgert Muller
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
KwaZulu-Natal Museum
Private Bag 9070
3200 Pietermaritzburg
+27 33 345 1404
Fhatani Ranwashe
  • User
Data Technician
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Private Bag X7, Kirstenbosch
7735 Claremont
Western Cape
Fhatani Ranwashe

Geographic Coverage

Global distributions

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage


Phylum Arthropoda
Order Diptera, Lepidoptera, Mecoptera

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1900-01-01 / 2012-01-01

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers aa4916c3-3dc7-4c90-9f8e-b81d986df153