University of Florida Museum of Natural History Invertebrate Zoology Collection

Latest version published by United States Geological Survey on Mar 29, 2022 United States Geological Survey

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The UF Invertebrate collection holds ~580,000 databased lots of mollusks and marine invertebrates. It began as a Malacology collection almost 100 years ago and the collection is particularly strong in non-marine mollusks. Approximately ~85% of the holdings are mollusks but since 2000 the collection was expanded to cover all invertebrate phyla, focusing on marine taxa. Today it holds >40,000 species from 28 phyla and is currently available via the Integrated Publishing Toolkit and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. However, this is a subset of that data prepared for ingest by OBIS. This means that only records with geographic coordinates (lat/lon), scientific names that matched to the World Register of Marine Species, event date and not found on land were included in the subset.

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 96,775 records.

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Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


Gustav Paulay
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of Invertebrate Zoology
Florida Museum of Natural History
Abigail Benson
  • Metadata Provider
OBIS-USA Node Manager
U.S. Geological Survey
Abby Benson
  • Publisher
U.S. Geological Survey

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS