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A dataset of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic invertebrates
Entry ID: block_invertebrates

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Abstract: The dataset was compiled from papers entered into Block's bibliography of invertebrate occurrences in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic. The dataset provides a comprehensive list of all terrestrial invertebrates recorded from the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic (at that time). Data were entered into an Excel spreadsheet, which contains approximately 3500 entries.

This dataset forms part of the work completed for Australian Antarctic Science (AAS) project 1146 (ASAC_1146) and the RiSCC program, AAS project 1015 (ASAC_1015).

Papers from the Block Bibliography are available as a separate collection in the Australian Antarctic Division Library.

This dataset has also been incorporated into the biodiversity database, which can be found at the url given below.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -38.0   S: -84.0   E: 180.0   W: -155.0
Min Altitude: 0 M Max Altitude: 1650 M

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Kennedy, A.D. and Watts, D.J.
Dataset Title: A dataset of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic invertebrates
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2001-07-27
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1901-12-01
Stop Date: 1982-12-29
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Quality Some of the existing data points may require some spatial corrections.
Access Constraints The invertebrate dataset is available for download from the url below. Data are freely available through GBIF and through the AADC web site.

Some records (57) have been identified as marine species and are visible at the SCAR-MarBIN data portal
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License (

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at when using these data.
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Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 264 kb
Distribution Format: excel
Fees: free
Phone: +61 3 6232 5062
Email: dave.watts at
Contact Address:
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
Castray Esplanade
City: Hobart
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7000
Country: Australia
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Block, W. (1992), An annotated bibliography of Antarctic invertebrates (terrestrial and freshwater), British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-07-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18
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